According to a new poll conducted by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and Craig Newmark of craigconnects, more than three quarters of Americans are worried about “having too much personal information about them online.”
The survey asked a series of questions to 1,007 Americans over the age of 18 about their “experience and views on online privacy.”
Questions included those on trustworthiness of social media sites to the effectiveness of current privacy laws.
According to the poll, 73% of Americans are “very or somewhat concerned about having tracking cookies placed on their computer without their knowledge,” and 57% of “Americans have very little or no trust at all in social media sites.”
36% of Americans responded that current privacy laws were “too weak”, while 29% thought they offer “reasonable protection”. A trend showed that older generation were more likely to favor stronger privacy laws, and responded that current ones were too weak.
Other responses displayed that the majority of Americans “believe social networks like Facebook, Twitter and sites like Google and Yahoo collect persoal data such as interests, political affiliation, and purchase habits and target ads/or content at them,” and that they are concerned about websites & social networks selling their personal data.