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12/27/2013
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U.S. Citizens More Worried About ID Theft Than Privacy

Despite NSA scare, U.S. voters are five times more concerned about hacking than tracking, CCIA study says.

Despite recent controversy over surveillance by the NSA, U.S. voters are still much more worried about identity theft than online tracking of their activity, a new study says.

According to a poll of 1,000 U.S. voters conducted by Benenson Strategy Group on behalf of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the vast majority of users are more worried about security than privacy.

"Overall, 75% are worried about their personal information being stolen by hackers and 54% are worried about their browsing history being tracked for targeted advertising," the study says.

"However, when voters are forced to choose which one is more important to them, their focus is almost unanimously (87%) directed on the need to protect their personal information from those who would use the info to harm them," the study continues. "Even those worried about tracking (the 54%) are more worried about hacking by an overwhelming majority (84% to 8%)."

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Marilyn Cohodas
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1/3/2014 | 11:30:01 AM
Re: The real worry
Anyone using social media today who expects corporations to respect their privacy is naive. To be sure, corporations should be more transparent on how individuals can turn off certain functions, but being bombarded by ads on gmail or  facebook or Amazon is just the price we pay for the services they offer.  
Whoopty
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12/30/2013 | 6:03:37 AM
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I can understand people being more scared about something being done with their data and information - such as identity theft - but if privacy was better protected online, it would be far harder for people to steal identities in the first place. 
danielcawrey
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12/29/2013 | 11:37:31 AM
Re: The real worry
This makes perfect sense. While privacy is an issue that needs to be contended with, the real expenseive propostion is having your information stolen and used unwittingly. Many victims of identity theft have to spend a ton of cash in order to untangle such a mess.

It's better to trust corporations as a lesser evil between the two.
shamika
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shamika,
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12/29/2013 | 11:00:09 AM
Re: The real worry
This Cleary shows that the information can be leaked from anywhere even without our knowledge. 
shamika
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12/29/2013 | 10:57:45 AM
Re: The real worry
You are correct; you cannot stop the way people tend to get information. Sharing my personal experience, I bought a car recently and to see I was getting some information on different interiors I can purchase for my car. It was unbelievable for me.
Joe Stanganelli
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12/28/2013 | 11:43:23 PM
Re: Privacy
Polls regularly have about 1,000 or fewer people.  Breadth tends to be more important in this regard than sample size.
Joe Stanganelli
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12/28/2013 | 11:42:03 PM
Re: The real worry
There's also the fact that government piggybacks on corporate privacy-violating tools.

It would be fair to be concerned about both.
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12/28/2013 | 5:05:26 PM
Privacy
 Privacy should be the number one concern whether it's a hacker or a company or the government. I think the key is that privacy is the main concern. I'm not that surprised on the results of this survey. The effects of ID theft are alot more stressful and immediate than tracking. Also, am i the only one who doesn't think 1000 voters across the US is a big sample?
Gary_EL
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12/27/2013 | 3:04:40 PM
The real worry
The real problem isn't the government, it's the corporations. Whenever I go to Amazon, it's absolutely frightening how much they know about me and my likes/dislikes. As voters, we all have control over the government. We have no control at all over the corporations, who ride roughshod over our privacy.
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