US Consumers Say No to Mobile Apps That Grab Too Much Data

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday nudged application developers to take steps to protect consumer privacy. But many consumers seem to be already taking steps to guard their personal information from data-grabbing apps.A study by the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, found that among Americans adults who use smartphone apps, half had decided not to install applications on their mobile phones because they demanded too much personal information. Nearly a third uninstalled an application after learning that it was collecting personal information “they didn’t wish to share.” And one in five turned off location tracking “because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.” A customer’s whereabouts can be extremely valuable to marketers trying to sell their wares, or government authorities trying to keep tabs on citizens’ movements.To continue reading this New York Times report, go to: see:Survey: Most cell phone users don’t protect mobile privacy
What personal information does your mobile phone reveal about you? Do you care?Many Americans do, according to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project that sheds some light on mobile-privacy concerns.According to Pew’s report, 54% of cell phone users in the U.S. have decided not to install an app once they discovered how much of their personal information it would access. Finds Mobile Phone Users Worry About App Privacy
A new survey released Wednesday found that mobile phone users are increasingly concerned about the privacy of mobile phone applications, with more than half opting against downloading an app that asked for too much personal information.The survey from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project polled mobile phone users about their privacy concerns. The group found that 88 percent of Americans now report having a cell phone and 43 percent of them have downloaded an app to their phones. Of these app users, 54 percent said they have opted against installing an app after finding that it would require them to reveal more personal data than they wanted. In addition, a third of app users have uninstalled an app already on their phone because of concerns that it was collecting more personal information than they wanted to share. Mobile Users Care About Data Privacy [IDG]
More than half of all mobile-phone app users surveyed have either declined to download an available app or deleted one from their device because of concerns about the collection of their personal data, according to the survey released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.Fifty-four percent of U.S. mobile app users surveyed have decided not to install an app when they discovered how much personal information it would collect, according to the survey. Thirty percent of app users have uninstalled an app after learning about the personal information it collected. With significant crossover between the two groups, 57 percent have either refused to download an app or deleted one over privacy concerns, the survey said. and Data Management on Mobile DevicesOverviewMore than half of mobile application users have uninstalled or avoided certain apps due to concerns about the way personal information is shared or collected by the app, according to a nationally representative telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.In all, 88% of U.S. adults now own cell phones, and 43% say they download cell phone applications or “apps” to their phones. Among app users, the survey found:

  • 54% of app users have decided to not install a cell phone app when they discovered how much personal information they would need to share in order to use it
  • 30% of app users have uninstalled an app that was already on their cell phone because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share

Taken together, 57% of all app users have either uninstalled an app over concerns about having to share their personal information, or declined to install an app in the first place for similar reasons.About the SurveyThe results reported here come from a nationwide survey of 2,254 adults (age 18 and older) between March 15-April 3, 2012, including interviews on landline and cell phones and conducted in English and Spanish. The overall sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. Some 1,954 cell users were interviewed in this sample and many of the results published here involve that subset of users. The margin of error for data involving cell users is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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