Recently released, a new study from Pew Internet entitled Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online shows that while a majority of respondents would like to remain anonymous online, most of us recognize that such anonymity is increasingly impossible.
A few of the study’s key findings:
- 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints—ranging from clearing cookies to encrypting their email.
- 55% of internet users have taken steps to avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government.
A question for you: Do you feel you are able to interact privately on the Internet? Is privacy something you seek or something you assume you’ve given up when you interact online?