Other-generated disclosure: A challenge to privacy on social network sites

Tharntip Chutikulrungsee, Oliver Burmeister, Maumita Bhattacharya, Dragana Calic

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Sharing on social network sites (SNSs) has rapidly emerged as a new social norm and has become a global phenomenon. Billions of users reveal not only their own information (self disclosure) but also information about others (other-generated disclosure), resulting in a risk and a serious threat to either personal or informational privacy. Self-disclosure (SD) has been extensively researched in the literature, particularly regarding control of individual and existing privacy management. However, far too little attention has been paid to other-generated disclosure (OGD), especially by insiders. OGD has a strong influence on self-presentation, self-image, and electronic word of mouth (eWOM). Moreover, OGD is more credible and less likely manipulated than SD, but lacks privacy control and legal protection to some extent. This article examines OGD in depth, ranging from motivation to both online and offline impacts, based upon lived experiences from both ‘the disclosed’ and ‘the discloser’. Using purposive sampling, this phenomenological study involves an online survey and in-depth interviews. The findings report the influence of peer disclosure as well as users’ strategies to mitigate privacy issues. This article also calls attention to the challenge of OGD privacy and inadequacies in the law related to privacy protection in the digital domain.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event19th International Conference on Privacy and Information Security Law: ICPISL 2017 - Holiday Inn Paris Montparnasse, Paris, France
Duration: 25 Jun 201726 Jun 2017
https://waset.org/conference/2017/06/Paris/ICPISL (Conference website)


Conference19th International Conference on Privacy and Information Security Law
OtherThe ICPISL 2017: 19th International Conference on Privacy and Information Security Law aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Privacy and Information Security Law. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Privacy and Information Security Law.
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