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    Consumers Union: Two-thirds of Consumers say Government Should Help Safeguard Online Privacy

    Consumers Union announced a new poll concerning online privacy:

    A May poll conducted by Consumer Reports shows that two-thirds of consumers feel that the government should be involved with safeguarding their online privacy, while 81 percent of respondents agreed that they should be able to permanently opt out of Internet tracking from a single location.

    “The idea of online privacy encompasses much more than the ‘creepy’ feeling consumers get when ads for an item they’ve looked at follows them around the web. Although we live in an age of extensive sharing, very few people would agree that every piece of information they transmit should be available to everyone, for any conceivable purpose,” said [Ioana Rusu, regulatory counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports].

    “In fact, a May Consumer Reports poll found that over 80 percent of respondents were concerned that companies may be sharing their personal information with third parties without their permission.” […]

    The Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted a telephone survey using a nationally representative probability sample of telephone households. 1,007 interviews were completed among adults aged 18+. Interviewing took place over May 5-8, 2011. The sampling error is +/- 3.2 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. For a copy of the full survey, contact David Butler or Kara Kelber at Consumers Union.

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