Mobile phone privacy — who cares? Reasons why 88% of you should

Why focus on mobile government? Well, here’s a pretty amazing number for you — 88 percent of American adults own a mobile phone. But there are real privacy concerns.

A new report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that more than half of those people have uninstalled or avoided certain apps due to concerns about the way personal information is shared or collected by the app.

Aaron Smith is a Senior Research Specialist at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that, “security is something people really care about and it does impact whether a person will buy and use and app. or not.”

Major Takeaways

  • 54% of app users have decided to not install a cell phone app when they discovered how much personal information they would need to share in order to use it
  • 30% of app users have uninstalled an app that was already on their cell phone because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share

Age:“It’s a misconception that young people don’t care about privacy,” said Smith, “Young people are very concerned. They are 3-times more likely to download and app but are just as concerned as older generations about privacy.”

iPhone vs. Android: “Android and iPhone users have virtually the same level of privacy concerns. Which is a surprising because Android is known to be more upfront with their privacy policies,” said Smith.

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