Recent revelations about the abuse of surveillance capabilities by the National Security Agency (NSA) have left a lot of Americans wondering how privacy rights are going to be protected as technology rapidly continues to evolve day by day.
Most smart teenagers are even opting to avoid using applications that may pose a threat to their privacy. A survey done by the Pew Research Center recently revealed that 58% of the American teenagers use applications on their Smartphone’s or tablets, but half of them avoid using it as much as possible when it comes to particular applications due to recent privacy concerns. Pew also found that almost half of the users switch off their location tracking features on their cell phone and in their app in order to keep their information private.
Another survey conducted by the Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society discovered that 36% of teenagers even go so far as to uninstall certain applications once they find out that the applications are collecting personal information about them that they do not want to share.
TRUSTe, a data privacy management (DPM) company, conducted a survey and found out that 98% of the respondents strongly believe that privacy is of utmost importance when it comes to using a Smartphone or any other cell phone device. They are eager for more transparency in the process and want to have control of what kind of information that an application gathers about them and shares elsewhere. They also discovered that 38% of the users have privacy as their prime concern, 28% concerned with the security and 19% flustered due to identity tracking.
Overall, only 1 in 3 Smartphone users actually feel safe and in control when using their mobile devices or Smartphone’s, showing the vast spread of location tracking privacy concerns, not just in the US, but all over the world.
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