Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t

Americans say they are deeply concerned about privacy on the web and their cellphones. They say they do not trust Internet companies or the government to protect it. Yet they keep using the services and handing over their personal information.That paradox is captured in a new survey by Pew Research Center. It found that there is no communications channel, including email, cellphones or landlines, that the majority of Americans feel very secure using when sharing personal information. Of all the forms of communication, they trust landlines the most, and fewer and fewer people are using them.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/upshot/americans-say-they-want-privacy-but-act-as-if-they-dont.htmlAlso see:Control over personal info nearly dead, Pew survey respondents say [IDG]
Internet companies have run amok with our personal data, and people aren’t entirely sure what to do about it, judging from the results of a new survey.More than 90 percent of Americans feel they’ve lost control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies, particularly for advertising purposes, according to the results of a survey by the Pew Research Center, published Wednesday.
www.computerworld.co.nz/article/559466/control-over-personal-info-nearly-dead-pew-survey-respondents-say/Survey: U.S. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data
Adults living in the U.S. overwhelmingly believe that the government and private companies are violating their privacy, a new survey found.The survey by the Pew Research Center offers a damning account of how people feel about the safeguarding of their personal data. According to the survey, 80% of Americans are worried about the government’s monitoring of phone and Internet communications. Only a third agreed with the statement: “It is a good thing for society if people believe that someone is keeping an eye on the things they do online.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/11/12/survey-u-s-adults-feel-they-are-losing-control-of-their-data/US concerns about online privacy present opportunity, experts say [IDG]
A new survey saying an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults believe they have lost control over how private companies collect their personal information may be an opportunity in disguise for Web-based companies, some privacy experts said.Eight in 10 U.S. adults are concerned about the government’s monitoring of phone calls and Internet communications, but an even greater percentage believe they have lost control over how private companies collect their personal information, according to a report, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, based on a survey conducted this past January.
http://www.cio.com/article/2847133/us-concerns-about-online-privacy-present-opportunity-experts-say.htmlPublic Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era
Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans — some of them tied to traditional notions of civil liberties and some of them driven by concerns about the surveillance of digital communications and the coming era of “big data.” While Americans’ associations with the topic of privacy are varied, the majority of adults in a new survey by the Pew Research Center feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality.When Americans are asked what comes to mind when they hear the word “privacy,” there are patterns to their answers. As the above word cloud illustrates, they give important weight to the idea that privacy applies to personal material — their space, their “stuff,” their solitude, and, importantly, their “rights.” Beyond the frequency of individual words, when responses are grouped into themes, the largest block of answers ties to concepts of security, safety, and protection. For many others, notions of secrecy and keeping things “hidden” are top of mind when thinking about privacy.
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/11/12/public-privacy-perceptions/

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