Pew Study Gauges Online Anonymity
September 5th, 2013 By: THN News

(The Hosting News) – Amid the controversial issue of surveillance, people are increasingly working to shield their identities online.

A study published by Pew Research on Thursday showed that at least 86% of online users had sought to somehow manage their digital footprints. Such steps undertaken included clearing cookies, masking IP addresses or not using real names through virtual networks.

Another statistic, meanwhile, showed 55% of users had taken steps to avoid being watched by either the government, organizations or certain people.

“People would like control over their information, saying in many cases it is very important to them that only they or the people they authorize should be given access to such things as the content of their emails, the people to whom they are sending emails, the place where they are when they are online, and the content of the files they download,” explained Pew in its results.

Another interesting find showed that 21% of online users had claimed to have had their social networking accounts accessed without providing consent.

To get its results, Pew Research sampled 1,002 adults over 18 from July 11-14.

Surveillance and online anonymity has faced increasing scrutiny in the media after the revelation that under PRISM, the NSA worked with ISPs to gather data on users. View Pew’s full statistics here (

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