Young Internet Users Ignorant of Privacy Laws, Study Finds

The Daily Californian


But in a survey of 1,000 American adults who regularly surf online, researchers found that 42 percent of young adults answered all five questions about privacy laws incorrectly and 88 percent answered only two or fewer correctly, according to Chris Hoofnagle, a co-author of the study and director of information privacy programs at UC Berkeley's Center for Law and Technology.

Jennifer King, a co-author of the study and a graduate student in the UC Berkeley School of Information, said young adults incorrectly believe that privacy laws will completely protect personal information displayed online, causing them to unknowingly offer personal information and photos to all Internet users.

She added that the presence of a privacy policy on websites such as Facebook and Google are misleading, since the policies do not guarantee any protection of privacy rights.