A majority of U.S. adults are skeptical about the practice of websites using information about a personâ€™s online activity to customize website content. However, after being introduced to four potential recommendations for improving websites privacy and security polices, U.S. adults become somewhat more comfortable with the websites use of personal information.
These are some of the results of a nationwide survey of 2,513 U.S. adults surveyed online between March 11 and 18, 2008 by Harris Interactive. This survey was designed in collaboration with Dr. Alan F. Westin, Professor of Public Law and Government Emeritus at Columbia University, Principal of the Privacy Consulting Group, and a noted authority on privacy issues.
Specifically, the survey found:
â€¢ A six in ten majority (59%) are not comfortable when websites like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft (MSN) use information about a personâ€™s online activity to tailor advertisements or content based on a personâ€™s hobbies or interests. A quarter (25%) is not at all comfortable and 34 percent are not very comfortable;
â€¢ The remaining 41 percent who say that are comfortable with websites tailoring content is split between 7 percent who are very comfortable and 34 percent who are somewhat comfortable.
Originally posted on April 8, 2008 @ 7:20 pm