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Privacy and security perceptions of european citizens: A test of the trade-off model

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Author: Friedewald, M. · Lieshout, M. van · Rung, S. · Ooms, M. · Ypma, J.
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Source:Hansen M.Fischer-Hubner S.Camenisch J., IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 457, 39-53
Identifier: 528429
doi: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18621-4_4
ISBN: 9783319186207
Keywords: Informatics · Privacy · Public opinion · Security · Trade-off · Infostructures · Information Society · Urban Mobility & Environment · SP2 - Strategy & Policy 2 · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


This paper considers the relationship between privacy and security and, in particular, the traditional “trade-off” paradigm that argues that citizens might be willing to sacrifice some privacy for more security. Academics have long argued against the trade-off paradigm, but these arguments have often fallen on deaf ears. Based on data gathered in a pan-European survey we show that both privacy and security are important to European citizens and that there is no significant correlation between people’s valuation of privacy and security. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015.