Americans worried about online personal data gathering

Americans worried about online personal data gathering

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Internet giants like Facebook, Google, as well as other tech companies are slowly, but surely becoming more involved with personal data of internet users. The personal data gathering abilities of these companies is making 51% of Americans worry about the fact that they are encroaching too much upon their privacy.

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The social networking giant Facebook and search engine Google have been placed at the top of the list of Americans’ concerns about the companies’ ability to track physical locations, in addition to viewing spending habits and personal communications. The findings were revealed in a poll which was conducted by Reuters/Ipsos from March 11, 2014 to March 26, 2014.

The survey focuses on an increasing ambivalence towards tech giants whose popular online services, including e-commerce and search, as well as social networking have grown into some of the biggest businesses in the world. These days, the boundaries between online products and real world services are beginning to disappear and the majority of online companies are rushing to offer everything from home appliances to cars.

The poll measured accuracy with the help of a credibility interval and is correct to plus or minus 1.6 percentage points. Still, many Americans are clueless about the extent to which online companies are trying to extend their reach.

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