Study: Young people concerned about privacy

The San Francisco Chronicle


In fact, the study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania said younger adults want increased privacy and have views similar to those of their elders, even with social networks encouraging them to share more online.

"It's very easy for us to point to certain individuals who have over-shared," Chris Jay Hoofnagle, one of the study's lead authors, said in an interview. "The most outrageous, most incorrigible teenagers have become a symbol for all young people. But it's not an accurate observation of how the average young person is acting."

Hoofnagle is director of information privacy programs at UC Berkeley's Center for Law and Technology, which joined with the university's School of Information and Center for the Study of Law and Society and Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication for the first quantitative study on the privacy attitudes of young adults.