Report: Security and Privacy Fears Can Affect Internet Use

From “Report: Security and Privacy Fears Can Affect Internet Use”
PC Magazine (05/14/16) Murphy, David. Posted by ASIS.

About one-fifth of 41,000 respondents said they were victims of some sort of negative personal experience online in the last year, according to a new report from the Nationals Telecommunications and Information Administration. The report’s conclusion noted that it appears many Americans have completely changed their online behavior in the wake of privacy concerns. In fact, 45 percent of respondents indicated their concerns stopped them from conducting online financial transactions, buying goods and services, posting on social networks, or expressing opinions. Around 30 percent refrained from at least two of those activities. Most respondents cited identity theft as their main concern, followed by credit card and banking fraud, data collection by online services, loss of control over personal data, and the government collecting user data. The most concerned users were those who had experienced a breach of data in the past. NTIA will conduct additional studies to learn more about the public’s Internet practices related to online security and privacy.

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