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User Privacy Perceptions Could Cause_Harm

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 18, 2013

A new study suggests that, though a majority of users believe they have responsibility to protect their privacy, most do not take steps to actually protect it, Network World reports. The disconnection between users' attitude toward privacy accountability suggests that consumers’ perception is more ideological than practical, said Stephen Cobb, a senior security researcher at ESET, the organization that commissioned the Harris Interactive survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults. “What I think people lack are the resources and education to follow all the way through with (protecting information),” he said, adding, “The average American adult isn’t going to walk through the door well-prepared to protect that company’s information … They need help. They need education.”
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