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Study: Attitudes on Privacy Becoming Polarized

SOCIAL NETWORKING

March 16, 2011

According to a Ponemon Institute study, 58 percent of social network users feel their privacy is less important to them than it was five years ago, while 53 percent of non-users said it is more important, msnbc.com reports. Ponemon Institute Founder Larry Ponemon, CIPP, called the findings surprising, adding, "The fact is there's not a lot of complacency about privacy now. People are thinking about this." Privacy expert Alessandro Aquisti says one reason for the polarization may be that the more people use social networks, "the more costly it becomes for others (who aren't members) to be loyal to their views...That means some people's right to privacy is being rendered more difficult to protect precisely by the right of other people not to care about privacy."
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