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Doreen Starke-Meyerring, Dan L. Burk & Laura J. Gurak

In: Society Online: The Internet in Context

Chapter 17: American Internet Users and Privacy: A Safe Harbor of Their Own?

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American Internet Users and Privacy: A Safe Harbor of Their Own?
American internet users and privacy: A safe harbor of their own?
DoreenStarke-Meyerring, University of Minnesota
Dan L.Burk, University of Minnesota
Laura J.Gurak, University of Minnesota

The rise of popular internet use has been accompanied by a parallel rise in concern over personal and data privacy. According to a 1999 Wall Street Journal poll, for example, privacy violations rank among the top concern of Americans. Similarly, a Lou Harris poll found that the percentage of respondents concerned about their privacy rights surged from 34% in 1970 to 90% in 1998 (Identity Theft Resource Center, 2002). The Pew Internet and American Life Project (2000) report, Trust and Privacy Online: Why Americans Want to Rewrite the Rules, underscored this new intensity ...

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