'Sorry, Pal---What I See is Usually Not What You Get!': The Role of Reciprocity in Information Disclosure

Gross, Tom GND; Oemig, Christoph

For efficient distant cooperation the members of workgroups need information about each other. This need for information disclosure often conflicts with the users' wishes for privacy. In the literature often reciprocity is suggested as a solution to this trade-off. Yet, this conception of reciprocity and its enforcement by systems does not match reality. In this paper we present our study's major findings investigating the role of reciprocity among which we found that participants greatly disregarded the above conception. Additionally we discuss their significant implications for the design of systems seeking to disclose personal information.


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