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A COLLECTIVE SHRUG ABOUT PRIVACY

By Amanda Balbi
May 1, 2015
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On April 14, the Pew Research Center released its survey, “Why some Americans have not changed their privacy and security behaviors,” which surveyed Americans’ awareness of digital privacy and asked their view of the government surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden.

 

Of the 475 respondents, 87% reported hearing about the surveillance programs in some way, but only 38% changed their digital behaviors since learning about the programs.

 

Overall, respondents were split about their concerns with government surveillance—52% were at least somewhat concerned, while 46% reported little or no concern. The top five reported reasons for not protecting digital data were:

 

  1. I have nothing to hide.
  2. I don’t have the time or expense.
  3. It won’t prevent monitoring anyway.
  4. I don’t want to raise suspicions or invite scrutiny.
  5. I’m comfortable with the monitoring because it makes us safer.

 

You can read the full report at http://pewrsr.ch/1b4SqOg.

 

Amanda Balbi is copy editor of Strategic Finance magazine. You can reach her at abalbi@imanet.org.
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