Study – younger people care just as much about privacy as older individuals

A new study by Joseph Turow, Ph.D., the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, and colleagues from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, finds that - despite anecdotes about teens sharing inappropriate photos of themselves online - when asked, young people say that online privacy is as big a concern for them as it is among older individuals. The results of the study, reported today by the Associated Press, show for example that most people — 86 percent — believe that anyone who posts a photo or video of them on the Internet should get their permission first, even if that photo was taken in public. Among young adults 18 to 24, 84 percent agreed — not far from the 90 percent among those 45 to 54. The survey is based on a 2009 telephone survey of 1,000 Americans 18 and older.