TL;DR: 50% to 65% of people conform under the illusion of authority (Video).
“Secrecy and privacy are not really comparable concepts…”
“To reveal discreet knowledge requires the practice of tact, having the sense for knowing what to do or say in order to avoid offensive and to maintain good relationships with others.”
“I maintain that secrecy must be viewed as a method for handling concealed information… any information can be the content of a secret, it is only by the methods actually used for containing and transmitting such knowledge that secrecy can be isolated as a phenomenon for analysis.”
“… we as sociologists have not made a practice of studying such things, which means we have turned away from society’s dark regions… That has left us ill-equipped to assist in the discovery of secrets… in the protection of those that need to be safeguarded.”
“I started this paper with the puzzle of how secrets and lies can be maintained for so long, given what would seem to be the continuous risk of truth leakage and entropic information diffusion. The answer I have proposed is that information is prevented from reaching those who would act on it by a series of barriers.”