A significant minority of adults have felt confused, discouraged or impatient when trying to make decisions about sharing their information.
Analysis of over 1 million apps in Google’s Android operating system in 2014 shows apps can seek 235 different kinds of permissions from smartphone users. The average app asks for five permissions.
There are 1,041,336 apps in this dataset. In all, 165 permissions allow access to device hardware and 70 allow access to various types of user information. Below on the left is a selection of 18 popular apps from the Google Play Store. Clicking an app icon will show the list of permissions required by each […]
Pew Research Center has been studying various dimensions of the issue. Here are some key findings from our public opinion surveys.
Many Americans want control over their personal information and freedom from observation during the activities of their daily lives, but they are not confident that the government agencies or businesses that collect data about them can keep that information private and secure.
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.
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.
Nearly two years after Snowden’s revelations, 87% of Americans say they have heard about U.S. surveillance programs. Among them, 25% say they have changed their own technological behaviors in some way.