In light of the SCOTUS cellphone privacy ruling today, here’s a helpful guide through some of our numbers on cellphones, smartphones, and all things mobile tech.

Is searching your cellphone the same thing as searching your home?

Internet users know that there is a considerable amount of personal information about them available online. Read more here for ways internet users have tried to minimize the visibility of their digital footprints.

Internet users know that there is a considerable amount of personal information about them available online. Read more here for ways internet users have tried to minimize the visibility of their digital footprints.

86% of internet users have tried to use the internet in ways to minimize the visibility of their digital footprints. 55% of internet users have taken steps to hide from specific people or organizations. In light of recent NSA court proceedings, it’s fitting to take a look at some of the ways internet users have tried to avoid being observed online.
More: http://pewrsr.ch/19NUAdN

86% of internet users have tried to use the internet in ways to minimize the visibility of their digital footprints. 55% of internet users have taken steps to hide from specific people or organizations. In light of recent NSA court proceedings, it’s fitting to take a look at some of the ways internet users have tried to avoid being observed online.

More: http://pewrsr.ch/19NUAdN

The role of location in digital life is changing.

  • 74% of smartphone owners now use their phone to get directions or other info based on their current location.
  • 30% of social media users have an account set up to include their location in posts.
  • At the same time, there is a drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services. 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012.

Yet even as most smartphone owners use their phones abilities to get location-specific information, data from earlier surveys also shows that mobile users of all ages say they have turned off location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns:

  • As of September 2012, almost half (46%) of teen app users say they have turned off the location tracking feature on their cell phone or in an app on a phone or tablet because they were worried about other people or companies being able to access that information.
  • As of April 2012, in response to a different question, over a third (35%) of adult cell app users said they have turned off the location-tracking feature on their cell phone because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.

Read more in our new report out today: http://pewrsr.ch/185iqQ9

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Who are you hiding from on the Internet?
33% of Internet users say they try to avoid being observed by hackers; only 5% say the same about the government. Right in the middle are: certain friends, people from your past, and employers.

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Who are you hiding from on the Internet?

33% of Internet users say they try to avoid being observed by hackers; only 5% say the same about the government. Right in the middle are: certain friends, people from your past, and employers.

New Report: Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online
We have a new report out today on how internet users navigate anonymity, privacy, and security online.
One of the big findings in the report is that young adults ages 18-29 are more likely than their elders to take steps to be hidden online, as this chart shows. Other findings:
21% of internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.
12% have been stalked or harassed online.
11% have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information.
6% have been the victim of an online scam and lost money.
6% have had their reputation damaged because of something that happened online.
4% have been led into physical danger because of something that happened online.
Read more…

New Report: Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online

We have a new report out today on how internet users navigate anonymity, privacy, and security online.

One of the big findings in the report is that young adults ages 18-29 are more likely than their elders to take steps to be hidden online, as this chart shows. Other findings:

  • 21% of internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.
  • 12% have been stalked or harassed online.
  • 11% have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information.
  • 6% have been the victim of an online scam and lost money.
  • 6% have had their reputation damaged because of something that happened online.
  • 4% have been led into physical danger because of something that happened online.

Read more

Raw data from our latest teens survey posted on our website. Have at it.

"If it got a million downloads, I’m like, OK, it’s cool, people are downloading. But if it’s got like ten downloads…"

Teen, on determining the quality of an app before downloading it to his/her cell phone/tablet.

Did you know: 78% of teens have a cell phone & 23% have a tablet. 58% of all teens have downloaded apps to their cell or tablet.

Teens have embraced app downloading. But many teen apps users have taken steps to uninstall or avoid apps over concern about their privacy. New report out today: http://pewrsr.ch/14ZycuB

"I think parents don’t understand that we can apply life skills onto the Internet, whereas it’s a little more confusing, maybe, for them, that switch. But because we’ve grown up with it, we can easily see, OK, stranger in real life, stranger on the computer, same thing."

One focus group participant in our new report captured a primary reason that parents, teachers, and other adults are not seen as a go-to resource for information about Internet privacy.

Full report: http://pewrsr.ch/18sF4EI

"I’m not going to scream across the room oh my God, I want to dance! Or stuff like that."

Teen, on friending teachers and preachers.

Along with The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, we conducted focus groups with teenagers in a variety of locales. Here’s a list of some of the most revealing and interesting comments about how teens think about social networking sites and how they navigate issues of identity and privacy. http://pewrsr.ch/10LRth9

Teens are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends. 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private.
Brand spanking new report out today on teens and their digital lives. Teen twitter use has grown substantially; 24% of teens use twitter, up from 16% in 2011. But Facebook is still most popular. This infographic says it all, but stop by the report for the nitty gritty. http://pewrsr.ch/191zI4V

Teens are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends. 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private.

Brand spanking new report out today on teens and their digital lives. Teen twitter use has grown substantially; 24% of teens use twitter, up from 16% in 2011. But Facebook is still most popular. This infographic says it all, but stop by the report for the nitty gritty. http://pewrsr.ch/191zI4V

Girl: “If my parents saw what I did on Facebook, it would be the end of me.”

Guy: “Yeah.”

Girl: “OMG you should totally do what Marci did!” 

Guy: “Oh Marci, what did Marci do?”

Girl: “She had this Facebook page with like 8 friends, and that’s the one her mom was friends with, and then she had the Facebook page with 800 friends, and her mom didn’t even know about that one.”

Among parents who have a child between the ages of 12 and 17, 66% say they use a social networking site, up from 58% in 2011 (http://pewrsr.ch/SbScGX). Is your parent’s Facebook page an issue for you?

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New data out today: Mobile privacy

Have you ever uninstalled or avoided an app due to concerns about too much personal information being shared? More than half of app users have.

  • 54% of app users have decided to not install a cell phone app once they discovered how much personal information they would need to share in order to use it
  • 30% of app users have uninstalled an app that was already on their cell phone because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share

In addition, nearly one third of cell owners have had their cell phone lost or stolen (particularly those ages 18-24), while 1 in 10 have had someone access their phone in a way that they felt invaded their privacy.

Check out the data:

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(Source: pewinternet.org)

"We have also learned from our focus groups that some youth feel pressure to add people to their social media network, and as a result, it becomes almost a reproduction of their school. They feel like it is mean to not friend someone so they will accept any request even if they only know the person vaguely. So it is important to remember that some youth have created networks that are not that private at all. Plus, for many youth, they know how to use social media sites to interact and connect with others, but they don’t always “look under the hood” and may not have a nuanced understanding of how the privacy settings really work."

The Digital Media and Learning Research Hub has a great Q&A with our teens expert Amanda Lenhart on some of the hot topics related to youth, social networking and web 2.0.

Read the full Q&A