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    Associated Press: Report finds Internet users worry more about snooping companies than spying Big Brother

    The Associated Press discusses a new report (highlights pdf) from the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California concerning the privacy fears of Internet users:

    A new survey found that nearly half of Internet-connected Americans age 16 and older worry about businesses checking what they do online. By comparison, 38 percent worry about the government doing so.

    Not that those concerns are stopping people from using the Internet for shopping, social networking and a smattering of other activities.

    The latest study, released Friday from the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California found that 82 percent of Americans use the Internet, the same as in 2009. On average, they spend more than 18 hours a week online — for browsing the Web (79 percent), for banking (47 percent) and for social networking and video-sharing (46 percent). […]

    Among other findings in the survey, conducted from April 27 to Aug. 30, 2010:

    — Of the 18 percent of Americans who are not using the Internet, 7 percent cited cost as a reason. A quarter said they don’t go online because they don’t find it useful or have no interest. And 37 percent said they didn’t have a computer or Internet connection.

    — 21 percent of non-users said they were excluded from communications among their friends and disadvantaged in obtaining information for work, studies or hobbies as a result of not going online. Still, 66 percent of them said they are not likely to go online within the next year. […]

    — People are still worried about privacy when shopping online, though fewer respondents said they were very concerned or extremely concerned than the year before: 48 percent compared with 54 percent in 2009. […]

    The latest survey of 1,926 people aged 12 and older has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

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