Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused & Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

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.


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Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

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