Skip to comments.Tech firms' data gathering worries most Californians, poll finds
Posted on 04/01/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
California's high-tech firms make the world's most popular smartphones, social networks and search engines, but there's one asset they're struggling to build: trust.
The vast majority of Californians surveyed in a statewide poll are worried about the data collected by Internet and smartphone companies, and most said they distrust even firms known for their ardent fans and tens of millions of daily users.
Many of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Times poll also said they were wary of firms collecting personal information without their knowledge and concerned that personal data could become public or be harvested to sell them products.
"It reaffirms my opinion that privacy is a big deal and it's becoming a bigger deal," Rep. Joe L. Barton (R-Texas) said of the poll results. Barton, who cosponsored a privacy bill pending in Congress, said lawmakers are "gaining ground" in their years-long battle to write data privacy into law.
The findings of the survey, conducted for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times, were consistent with a poll released last month by the Pew Research Center, ...
The USC Dornsife/Times poll revealed that the rise of digital culture is mirrored by Californians' sense of the technology industry's importance to the state economy, with 65% of those surveyed saying the technology business was more economically important than the state's other marquee industry, entertainment.
But the increasingly central role of technology in the lives of consumers did little to inspire trust in Silicon Valley's star companies. ..
Apple was highest with a mean score of 4.6, followed by Google at 3.8. LinkedIn scored 3.0, while online video site YouTube was rated 2.8. Facebook was next to last, with a score of 2.7, only slightly above Twitter at 2.4.
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Cyber Rights may well be the end fight for all of us.
Is 'advancing' technologically as a society being able to connect at so many levels worth eventually underminding our most basic freedoms.
Respondents were asked to rate six on whether they trusted the companies to be responsible with personal data. On a 10-point scale, with zero meaning no trust and 10 meaning complete trust, none scored above five, and most hovered around three.
Keep in mind there is a lot of gold in them thar data mines.. a lot.. should be quite a battle.
If you do some research on what Google has been caught doing with private information, you will understand what some people are very concerned about. Also, many do not understand that ANYTHING you put on the Internet, telephone, and cell phones is VERY PUBLIC and can be accessed by many with the resources, mainly our “government”.
Never put any very private information on public media unless you want to run the risk.
Anyone on Google needs to GET OFF NOW. Switch to DuckDukcGo which doesn’t track.
There’s also this free download: Do NOT Track:
I am working on software to use these data.
What Cyber Rights? when people voluntary provide these information.
Within next decade, everyone will be recording there daily activity either in audio or video version in cyber space. Silicon Valley companies are already working on , How to use those information and Hardware requirement for public need. We are talking peta, zeta hard drives in home computer.
Currently, people are posting personal videos and audio on Youtube, Facebook or Pinterest. People are happy to sacrifice privacy.
Get ready for twisted world.
Greetings Bon of Babble:
DuckDuckGo also has a Droid smartphone app.
Get ready for twisted world.
The spam I get speaks to its arrival some time ago. ;-)