Privacy: The Online Generation Wants It


“While adults are often anxious about shared data that might be used by government agencies, advertisers, or evil older men, teens are much more attentive to those who hold immediate power over them – parents, teachers, college admissions officers, army recruiters, etc.,” Boyd wrote in an online blog about the Pew Internet & American Life findings.

“Most teens aren’t worried about strangers,” she added, “They’re worried about getting in trouble (with those they know).”

They’re also getting more serious about editing their online lives – and adding more privacy measures – as they enter the college and work worlds, says Mary Madden, a senior researcher at the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

“They’ve had to learn to function in this world of constant monitoring,” says Madden, who co-wrote her organization’s report on young people and privacy.

That includes parents who track their children’s mobile devices, computers and accounts. “So they crave the freedom to have a playful space where they can do that,” Madden says.

It explains, in part, why teens are moving to more creative and visually driven sites, such as Instagram and Snapchat.

But as they enter young adulthood, their calls for privacy increase.

A study published in 2010 by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania found that a large majority of young adults they questioned in 2009 thought there should be a law that would require website providers to delete all stored information about an individual.

Those young people also wanted a law that would give them the right to know all the information those website providers have about them. Some would include government investigators, too.

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