This week, the Pew Internet Research Project revealed that 91% of adult respondents in their privacy study felt that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.
70% of respondents also said that they are at least somewhat concerned about the government accessing some of the information they share on social media without their knowledge.
80% agree that Americans should be concerned about the government’s monitoring of phone calls and internet communications.
These are startling figures; online privacy and anonymity has been a hot topic for several years now, and it is encouraging that users are recognizing the need for change and understanding the challenges that they face in holding onto their own information.
But have we really lost control of how our personal information is used?
It would appear that we have; social networking sites hide clauses in their privacy policies to make sure we don’t understand what they are allowed to do with our data; even the supposedly privacy-protecting Ello network hid a sneaky clause in their policy. Apps request access to data that they don’t need, knowing that most users won’t read the page. Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast go out of their way to use their users as the product AND as the consumers, not only charging them for service but also selling their information to third parties for additional profit, or helping advertisers to target services using their users’ information – all without the knowledge of their users.
It seems that we need to fight this – but where do we start?
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