Another Pew Privacy Report Flags Huge Public Mistrust


The disconnect between American citizens’ desire for privacy and the actions of the U.S. government — and big technology companies — continues. A new survey by the Pew Research Center underlines the extent of the mistrust between U.S. citizens, government institutions and tech services — with less than a third (31 per cent) of American adults expressing confidence in government’s ability to safeguard their data. This is the third in a series of privacy-focused studies conducted by Pew in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations of government agency surveillance programs.

“For all of the eleven entities asked about in the survey — from government agencies to credit card companies to social media sites — only a small minority said they are ‘very confident’ that the records maintained by these organizations will remain private and secure,” notes Pew.


Another finding from the survey: a majority (65 per cent) of Americans do not believe there are adequate limits on “what telephone and Internet…

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