At a glance, the following interactive chart aptly describes the results of their research. Select an individual to see their privacy profile and you will get a very clear idea of where the American public stands in terms of privacy.
It is not hard to see that there is a general air of lack of confidence among people when it comes to privacy both online and in general.
The research found out people have become very suspect when it comes to sharing private information:
- 81% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using social media sites when they want to share private information.
- 68% feel insecure using chat or instant messages.
- 58% feel insecure sending private info via text messages
- 57% feel insecure sending private information via email.
- 46% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using their cell phones for the purpose
- 31% feel “not very” or “not at all secure” using a landline phone
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People are cynical about some of the benefits of personal data sharing, want more done to protect their privacy, but not many believe it is possible to be anonymous online any more.
Unfortunately, it's no secret that there are no secrets online. Privacy online is nothing more than a myth. We may not like believing that, but the fact has been staring us in the face for quite some time.
With the likes of Edward Snowden and his revelations about U.S. surveillance programs at home and abroad and the resulting lack of online privacy, the outcome of the survey isn’t all that surprising – just extremely sad.