A new survey released by the Pew Research Center shows that more people are concerned about how much privacy they have online.
Out of 792 people surveyed, half of them said they were worried about what information about them was available online.
86% of those surveyed said they have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints such as clearing cookies and encrypting their email, while 55% have taken steps to avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government.
A majority of internet users find that others have experienced problems because of stolen personal information.
21% of users said they’ve had their email or social network account hacked or taken over.
Other users said they’ve been stalked online, had their Social Security Number or bank information stolen and in some cases, had their reputation damaged or come into physical danger because of something online.
The study showed that 68% of people agreed that the law is insufficient when it comes to protecting their privacy.
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