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Youth Attitudes About Privacy

A new poll by Common Sense Media reveals some interesting data about privacy and youth.  The poll was conducted by Zogby International:

* 75% of parents “say that social networks aren’t doing a good job of protecting kids’ online privacy.”

* 92% of parents “are concerned that kids share too much information online.”

* 85% of parents are “more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago.”

In addition to parents, the poll surveyed teens and found:

* 85% of teens “say that online search engines and social networking services should be required to get permission before using personal information to market products to them.”

* 81% of teens “say that search engines and online social networking sites should not be able to share their physical location with other companies before they have given specific authorization.”

* 79% of teens “think their friends share too much personal information online.”

These findings cast further doubt on the oft-heard statement that youth just don’t care about privacy.  Earlier, I blogged about a study by by Chris Hoofnagle, Jennifer King, Su Li, and Joseph Turow that showed that the attitudes about privacy of youths and adults didn’t diverge by much.

Originally Posted at Concurring Opinions

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics. Professor Solove also posts at his blog at LinkedIn. His blog has more than 1 million followers.

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