This post is part four in a series examining privacy and transparency issues in the context of public access to digital court records, building on my essay “Digital Court Records Access, Social Justice and Judicial Balancing: What Judge Coffin Can Teach Us.”
Trust is a precious commodity. Our social interactions, as well as our relationships with businesses and other organizations, including government agencies, are dependent upon it.
Although trust can be defined in various ways, at its core, according to scholars, “[t]rust is a state of mind that enables its possessor to be willing to make herself vulnerable to another – that is, to rely on another despite a positive risk that the other will act in a way that can harm the truster.”
People disclose more when they trust. When they believe the other party is trustworthy, they are more likely to share information about themselves.