Internet & TechFebruary 19, 2016

Americans feel the tensions between privacy and security concerns

Much of the focus has been on government surveillance, though there are also significant concerns about how businesses use data.

GlobalJune 29, 2015

Brazilians’ views of U.S. rebound as wounds of NSA scandal heal

Revelations in September 2013 that the U.S. government had monitored the private communications of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had strained relations between the two countries.

GlobalMay 29, 2015

What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy

Pew Research Center has been studying various dimensions of the issue. Here are some key findings from our public opinion surveys.

Internet & TechApril 14, 2015

Why some Americans have not changed their privacy and security behaviors

54% of Americans say it would be difficult to find the tools and strategies that would enhance their privacy online and when using cellphones, according to a Pew Research Center report.

Internet & TechMarch 27, 2015

How citizens and investigative journalists handle privacy protection

The public’s muted response on possible government monitoring of their online behavior differs from that of investigative journalists, whose work makes them potential targets for monitoring.

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GlobalJuly 14, 2014

Global Opinions of U.S. Surveillance

Global publics were asked whether the U.S. government’s alleged monitoring of communications from individuals suspected of terrorist activities, American citizens, citizens of the survey countries or the leaders of the survey countries is acceptable or unacceptable. Explore individual country responses with this interactive.

GlobalJuly 14, 2014

World Opposed to U.S. Surveillance, Drones

There is widespread opposition to U.S. eavesdropping and fewer now say the U.S. respects the personal freedoms of its people, but America is still popular around the world.

Internet & TechJuly 14, 2014

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are

While the U.S. continues to address the international fallout from the National Security Agency revelations, a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts reveals a different kind of wiretapping: a list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to listen to phone communications as part of criminal investigations throughout 2013.

U.S. PoliticsApril 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.”

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 22, 2014

Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest

Young adults are significantly more likely to support Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified details of government surveillance programs.