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Social Media Generation Taking Online Privacy Seriously

Social Media Generation Taking Online Privacy Seriously

Teenagers are becoming conscious of posting what they do or say on the internet.

Naresh Kumar

The New York Times reports that young adults who used to chronicle everything about their daily activities on Facebook and other social networks have started getting conscious about their privacy. In fact, several surveys suggest that they are more likely to monitor the privacy settings of their social media accounts.

The Times explains:

In a new study to be released this month, the Pew Internet Project has found that people in their 20s exert more control over their digital reputations than older adults, more vigorously deleting unwanted posts and limiting information about themselves.

Most of the people surveyed said that they are more conscious now in what they do or say on the internet. With social networks changing their privacy rules frequently and sometimes opening up their users’ personal profiles due to security breaches, teenagers have now become more protective of their privacy. They also feel that websites should be more forthcoming on what information they store about them.

In its telephone survey of 1,000 people, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California found that 88 percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds it surveyed last July said there should be a law that requires Web sites to delete stored information. And 62 percent said they wanted a law that gave people the right to know everything a Web site knows about them.

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