Internet & Tech Aug. 26, 2014

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

Our case study found people were less likely to discuss the Snowden-NSA story on social media than they were in person. And if they thought their friends and followers disagreed with them, they were less likely to want to discuss the issue at all.

Internet & Tech Apr. 30, 2014

Heartbleed Bug Impacts Large Share of Internet Users

About four-in-ten (39%) internet users say that they took steps to protect their online accounts by changing passwords or canceling accounts. And 6% think their personal information was stolen.

Fact Tank Apr. 29, 2014

Mobile apps collect information about users, with wide range of permissions

The Supreme Court will hear two cases this term about whether police can search the contents of a mobile device without a warrant.

Fact Tank Apr. 15, 2014

NSA coverage wins Pulitzer, but Americans remain divided on Snowden leaks

Percentage of the public saying in January that Edward Snowden’s leaks “served the public interest,” compared with 43% who say the leaks “harmed the public interest.”

Fact Tank Apr. 14, 2014

More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach

Growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2014

Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public

Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.

Fact Tank Sep. 5, 2013

What strategies do YOU use to protect your online identity?

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project finds that 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints. We ask readers to share their own strategies and experiences.

Internet & Tech Sep. 5, 2013

Managing Online Identity and Privacy

86% of adult internet users have taken steps to avoid online surveillance by other people or organizations. Despite precautions, 21% of online adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.

Internet & Tech Aug. 22, 2013

How Teens Manage Their Privacy on Mobile Apps

As teens gain access to mobile devices, they have embraced app downloading. But many teen apps users have taken steps to uninstall or avoid apps over concern about their privacy.

Internet & Tech Aug. 15, 2013

Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice

Teens often rely on themselves and the guidance they get from the websites they use to figure out how to manage their privacy online – but when they do seek advice, as 70% of them have at some point, they go primarily to peers and parents.