Privacy: The Online Generation Wants It


“I would highly prefer not having a target on my back for saying something in what I believe is a private forum,” says Jayson Flores, who’ll be a senior this year at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.

His views are consistent with the group that falls on the side of privacy over surveillance.

Mandi Grandjean, a recent graduate of Miami University in Ohio, says she’s fine with the federal government doing secret surveillance of phone call records and Internet exchanges to combat terrorism, but “with congressional oversight.”

“I was in sixth grade when 9/11 happened – and the world changed,” she says. “I am personally not a fan of big government, but I understand there are needs for security.”

But even she believes it’s different when it comes to an employer, or even a coach. She was an athlete at Miami and had to agree to have her social networking accounts – even private ones – monitored by her coaches.

She recalls one time, when she tweeted something on her locked Twitter account at midnight. Shortly after, her coach texted her: “Go to bed.”

“I think there’s a line,” Grandjean says. “It puts me on edge.. It’s a little too close for comfort.”

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone June 6-9 with a random sample of 1,004 adults, age 18 and older. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.7 percentage points.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project privacy poll, completed last September, tallied responses from 802 young people, ages 12 to 17, and their parents. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

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