The Future of Privacy
Will governments and corporations expand current tracking policies? Or will innovators create new ways for individuals to control personal information? Experts are divided on whether a secure and balanced privacy-rights infrastructure will be in place by 2025.
Privacy in 2025: Experts’ Predictions
Highlights from experts’ predictions about the future of privacy in America show they were divided on whether or not a secure, trusted privacy-rights infrastructure would be in place by 2025.
What Americans Think About Privacy
The majority of Americans feel their privacy is being challenged in some fundamental ways. These nine profiles show a variety of perspectives our focus group respondents shared about privacy. Their answers are real, but they have been assigned a pseudonym.
Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era
A majority of Americans feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality.
Victims of Online Harassment Describe Their Experiences
73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it. Respondents who have personally experienced online harassment were asked to elaborate about their most recent incident in their own words.
40% of internet users have personally experienced online harassment, from the mild to the severe; 73% have witnessed it happen to others.
Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’
Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms did not provide new outlets for the discussion of the Snowden-NSA revelations. People who thought their social media friends disagreed with them were less likely to discuss the issues in person and online.
39% of internet users have changed passwords or canceled accounts; 6% think their personal information was swiped.