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Trust and Privacy Online: Why Americans Want to Rewrite the Rules

The PEW Research Center's "Trust and Privacy Online," details Americans's feelings about online privacy in a 30-question survey conducted in May and June of more than 2,000 people (over 1,000 of which are Internet users). The survey covers the gamut of privacy issues, and PEW reports that two-thirds of respondents don't think that Internet companies should be allowed to track users's activities. When online respondents were asked who would do the best job setting rules governing user tracking, half said users themselves would be best; 24 percent said the federal government; and only 18 percent said Internet companies would be best. The director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project Lee Rainie explains that, overall, the survey shows that "Internet users want . . . a presumption of privacy when they are online."
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