The cliche that young people don’t care about personal privacy because they share intimate details and photos on Facebook or Twitter isn’t always true, according to a study released Thursday.
In fact, the study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania said younger adults want increased privacy and have views similar to those of their elders, even with social networks encouraging them to share more online. […]
[Chris Jay Hoofnagle, one of the study’s lead authors,] is director of information privacy programs at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law and Technology, which joined with the university’s School of Information and Center for the Study of Law and Society and Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication for the first quantitative study on the privacy attitudes of young adults. […]
“The data show that they and older adults are more alike on many privacy topics than they are different,” the researchers concluded.
For example, 82 percent of respondents ages 18 to 24 and 84 percent ages 25 to 34 said they have refused to provide information to a company because they thought it was too personal or not necessary. The percentage was 85 percent for people 65 and older. […]
“Public policy agendas should therefore not start with the proposition that young adults do not care about privacy and thus do not need regulations and other safeguards,” the researchers said.