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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Forty-three percent of Internet users said they are concerned about the government checking what they do online, up from 38 percent in 2010. But 57 percent said they were worried about private companies doing the same thing — up from 48 percent in the earlier study.

A 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center found that almost three-quarters of Americans are concerned that businesses are collecting too much information about people like them, while 64 percent had the same worry about the government.

In addition to their views on privacy, the most recent report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, up from 82 percent in 2010.

Associated Press

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