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The Los Angeles Times reports that a new Pew Research Center study says that "Americans overwhelmingly feel they have lost control over their personal information, with a majority concerned about monitoring of their communications by the government and businesses."

According to the story, "Pew’s survey found 91% of adults either agreed or strongly agreed that consumers have lost control over their personal information, while 88% of adults agreed or strongly agreed that it would be 'very difficult to remove inaccurate information about them online'."

The concerns extend to millennials: "32% of respondents 18 to 29 years old said they had asked someone to correct or remove information about them online."

The study was described as focusing "on public perceptions of privacy after Edward Snowden leaked documents disclosing widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency."
KC's View:
This suggests to me that there will end up being two kinds of people in the world - the kind that hunkers down in the basement, paranoid about privacy issues and convinced that there are conspiracies everywhere, and the kind that tries to make intelligent decisions but isn;t paralyzed by concerns about privacy issues.