80% of Americans concerned about govt surveillance online – survey

RT
November 13,2014

Reuters/Joshua Lott
Reuters/Joshua Lott

In the first major study since NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the government’s domestic spying programs, Americans are wary about online invasions of privacy, according to a national survey.

Past revelations of government spooks prying on personal information has an overwhelming majority of Americans worried about performing simple online tasks, including shopping, communicating with friends and posting private information about themselves on social media platforms, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

The report is based on a survey conducted in January 2014 among a sample of 607 US adults, and “examines Americans’ privacy perceptions and behaviors following the revelations about US government surveillance programs by government contractor Edward Snowden that began in June of 2013,” according to Pew.

The poll revealed that 91 percent of adults “agree” or “strongly agree” that Americans have lost control over how private information is collected and used by companies; 80 percent of people who subscribe to social networking sites say they are concerned about the risk of advertisers and businesses collecting their private information.

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