Privacy, economics, and price discrimination on the Internet

Andrew Odlyzko
2003 Proceedings of the 5th international conference on Electronic commerce - ICEC '03  
The rapid erosion of privacy poses numerous puzzles. Why is it occurring, and why do people care about it? This paper proposes an explanation for many of these puzzles in terms of the increasing importance of price discrimination. Privacy appears to be declining largely in order to facilitate differential pricing, which offers greater social and economic gains than auctions or shopping agents.
doi:10.1145/948005.948051 dblp:conf/ACMicec/Odlyzko03 fatcat:7asaihwcivenlgu75hluuzfcke