Trained to accept?: a field experiment on consent dialogs

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Trained to accept?: a field experiment on consent dialogs
A typical consent dialog was shown in 2×2×3 experimental variations to 80,000 users of an online privacy tool. We find that polite requests and button texts pointing to a voluntary decision decrease the probability of consent—in contrast to findings in social psychology. Our data suggests that subtle positive effects of polite requests indeed exist, but stronger negative effects of heuristic processing dominate the aggregated results. Participants seem to be habituated to coercive interception dialogs—presumably due to ubiquitous EULAs—and blindly accept terms the more their presentation resembles a EULA. Response latency and consultation of online help were taken as indicators to distinguish more systematic from heuristic responses. Author Keywords informed consent, privacy notices, EULA, default button, user behavior, field experiment, AN.ON/JonDonym ACM Classification Keywords H.5.2 Information Interfaces and Presentation: User Interfaces—interaction styles, user-cent...
Rainer Böhme, Stefan Köpsell
Added 03 Jul 2010
Updated 03 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CHI
Authors Rainer Böhme, Stefan Köpsell
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