Fear of Privacy Regulation Building

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Re: Fear of Privacy?
kdawson   2/23/2011 9:41:45 AM

For you, I think a Snickers.

Mitch Wagner
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Re: Fear of Privacy?
Mitch Wagner   2/23/2011 9:11:42 AM

What kind of candy bar?

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kdawson   2/23/2011 7:46:28 AM

Dave, the conventional wisdom is: If you ask people whether they care about privacy, 90% will say yes. If you offer them a candy bar in exchange for their credit card number and mother's maiden name, 90% will say yes.

The best study I've heard about (trying to track down a citation now) says that roughly 12% to 15% are hard-core privacy-sensitive people. A similar proportion really don't care about privacy at all. The remaining 70% or so are on a broad continuum, but in general do not have a knee-jerk reaction to what those on the sensitive end would perceive as privacy threats.

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Dave Sasson   2/23/2011 7:00:13 AM

Keith, I could argue both sides, in which there are good and bad to both positions.  In terms of privacy, there definitely is a fear factor that plays into pushing privacy legislation through.  What I find interesting is that there are supposedly 500 million Facebook users worldwide, many of which provide intimate details of their life, whether written or photos.  Are people really that concerned about privacy, or only if they are asked the choice?

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