Young Americans anxious about online privacy

Young people as concerned online privacy issues as older citizens, survey suggests.

The report is based on a telephonic survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, the Associated Press has reported.

About 82 per cent of young adults said they did not give out personal information to a business when they felt it was too revealing or unnecessary. Approximately 84 per cent of young adults between 18 to 24 believed that uploaders should seek permission before posting a subject's photo or video, and about 40 per cent of those between 18-24 and 35-44 said companies that use personal information without permission should be jailed.

Young people who post suggestive photographs and share personal information do not necessarily represent what the average young person is doing online, Chris Hoofnagle, co-author of the study at the Berkeley Centre for Law and Technology, was reported as saying.