Half Of Social Networkers Concerned About Privacy

It seems we can't go a month without talking about privacy concerns surrounding one of today's popular social networking sites. Whether it's a new Facebook setting or other security breach, keeping one's private information private isn't always easy.

A recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion claims that half of all US residents who use a social-networking site are concerned about privacy. Of this group, close to half describe themselves as very concerned. As one might expect, fears concerning privacy increased as the age of survey respondents went up: only 43 percent of respondents between 18 and 29 said they were concerned compared to 63 percent of those over 60.

In terms of gender, women tend to be more concerned about the issue of privacy than men: over 57 percent of women who responded to the survey said they were anxious about their privacy on the social networking sites compared to 43 percent of the men.

Among the 1,004 people surveyed by the Marist institute, 43 percent said they have a profile on a site such as Facebook, MySpace, or LinkedIn. Breaking it down further, 40 percent of men and 45 percent of women have a profile.

acarzt 4 years ago

Yea... i'm not too concerned about my privacy on social networks... It's just some pictures of me, my gf, some friends, and some random other stuff. Then a few vague facts about me and on myspace of have some song.

So what if people find out my tastes in music lol

Nothing on there will lead to identity theft, and only people who know me in the real world will know my address, phone number, etc.

Let people cyberstalk me lol I don't care. :-)

WZeldab 4 years ago

I think if people really knew what was going on behind the scenes at most social-networking sites — such as your profile being accessible to people who aren't even logged in to those sites — they'd be much more concerned.

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acarzt 4 years ago

what harm can anyone really cause by looking at your facebook page, logged in or not?

PZeldab 4 years ago

I think plenty. First, by accessing my profile and therefore all my friends, someone from the outside is having access to information they shouldn't. The implied thought on Facebook is that information can only be accessed while logged into Facebook. That's not the case. Facebook has an API where developers and access profile and other information.

So the harm, to me anyway, is that information on Facebook is being accessed by any developer who has access to their API.

acarzt 4 years ago

Yea... and? What's wrong with them finding out you're a Male intereseted in Women from Texas?

It's not like they have access to your Social, you Home address or even your Phone number.

It doesn't even give out your email address.

It only shows what information you give it, and what information you allow to be publicly viewed.

So what damage can they POSSIBLY do with such limited information?

I need some examples people, don't just try to use fear tactics lol give me some hard evidence and show me what they can do. Cuz I just don't see the danger if you're using these social networks properly.

I could understand if you have you SSN out there for all to see. Or if you have front and back pictures of all your credit cards on your profile... But I don't think anyone is that dumb.

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