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Is There a Generational Gap When it Comes to Privacy?

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 1, 2010

Privacy and cyber-safety experts weighed in on ABC Radio National's "Life Matters" on questions of generational differences in perceptions of privacy and the implications of sharing personal information online. "I think the fundamentals of privacy are still the same, in that privacy is about people having control and deciding who knows what about them," said Victoria Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey. "I think that the problem is that the technology means that they are prone to lose control...because they don't understand the technology." Hugh Stephens of the commission's Youth Advisory Group described the pressure to be a part of social networking even at the college level. "So many things are done online these days," he said, "it's almost ostracizing to try to remove yourself from them." Privacy Victoria will host a conference in May geared toward youth privacy.
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