New York – Contrary to
conventional wisdom, young people are concerned about online privacy issues,
according to a new survey conducted by researchers at the University
of California, Berkeley
and the University
of Pennsylvania, the
Associated Press reported. Eighty-eight percent of all those surveyed, and 82%
of young adults, said they have refused to give out information to a business
when they deemed it too revealing or unnecessary.
Most believe that uploaders
should get permission from the subject of a photo or video before posting it
online — 86% of the total survey, and 84% of young adults ages 18 to 24
About 40% of the 18 to 24 and 35 to 44 demographics alike also said
they believe executives whose companies use personal information without
permission should face jail time.
"Yes, there are some young people who
are posting racy photographs and personal information. But those anecdotes
might not represent what the average young person is doing online," Chris
Hoofnagle, co-author of the study and director of information privacy programs
at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, told AP.