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‘There Is No Privacy Online, Get Over It’

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Research produced by the University of Surrey, Australia released the interesting results of a survey about how respondents viewed privacy online. A survey of over 1,600 people commissioned by the digital rights and governance group concluded that nearly 40% of their respondents agreed with the statement.

“There is no privacy, get over it.”

However, respondent’s age groups often reflected generational thinking in their answers and not necessarily in the way that some would suspect. Younger respondents were most probable to disagree with the above statement and older generations aged 70+ were more likely to agree with it.

Over three-quarters of over 60’s respondents agreed with the survey’s statement of, “I have nothing to hide”, compared to over half of respondents aged 18 to 29.

When asked if they agreed with the statement, “Concerns about privacy online are exaggerated”, more than half of the respondents disagreed. Across all the age groups around a third of all the respondents were undecided or neutral around the topic, which perhaps demonstrates that there is confusion or lack of information surrounding online privacy perceptions.

However, younger respondents felt that they had more control of how their data was used and shared online. With more of the younger respondents stating that …

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