Survey: Many Americans say 'Big Brother' is here

A growing number of Internet users said they are concerned about the government checking on their online activities, according to a survey from the University of Southern California which was conducted last year.
By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer Modified: June 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013
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Survey says ‘Big Brother' is here

There's little wonder why George Orwell's novel “1984” is seeing a resurgence in sales.

More than half of Americans polled in a survey released Thursday said they agreed with the statement “We are really in the era of Big Brother.”

The survey from the University of Southern California was conducted last year, before recent revelations of large-scale, secret government surveillance programs. Yet it still found that some 35 percent of respondents agreed that “There is no privacy, get over it.”

A growing number of Internet users said they are concerned about the government checking on their online activities, according to the survey. But even more people were worried about businesses doing the same.

The USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future has polled more than 2,000 U.S. households about their Internet and technology use each year, with the exception of 2011, since 1999.



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