Privacy Lost

Tuesday October 17th, 2006 in ,

MSNBC is running an interesting story called Privacy under attack, but does anybody care?, a part of their weekly special report on privacy - Privacy Lost. They did a survey with around 6500 MSNBC users which produced the following results and conclusions:

  • 60 percent of the respondents feel their privacy is slipping away
  • Only 7 percent change their behavior in an effort to preserve their privacy
  • 92 percent of users said they do not want the government tracking their Web surfing habits or reading their e-mail, electronically tracking their automobiles or eavesdropping on telephone calls
  • Most users and consumers will trade some privacy for convenience
  • Privacy is very difficult to define - some consensus around “privacy is to be left alone”
  • It’s difficult to predict the consequences of giving out personal information
  • Their is no consensus on what should be done to preserve privacy

As attention services begin to emerge, it will be interesting to see how convenience is balanced with privacy and where the line ends up being is drawn.


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