More than 60% of Americans think it’s impossible to go through daily life without being tracked by companies or the government, according to a new Pew Research study.
There are several key takeaways:
- Americans not only know that companies are collecting their data, they do not approve of these practices. About 69% of Americans are skeptical that companies will use their private information in a way they’re comfortable with, while 79% don’t believe that companies will come clean if they misuse the information.
- Very few people read privacy policies, the survey shows. That’s understandable.
- Clear differences by race. About 73% of black Americans, for instance, are at least a little worried about what law enforcement knows about them, compared with 56% of white Americans.
- Among all respondents, more than 80% were concerned about what social-media sites and advertisers might know.
- More than 80% of Americans feel they have no control over how their information is collected.