Strategies people use to be less visible online
On a lot of websites, using free email or other services comes at another price: long before the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA, Google, Facebook & Co. have been tracking and storing user data.
A study by the Pew Research Center has inquired about the strategies people use to decrease their visibility online. As can be seen in the chart below, 64% of adult internet users cleared their cookies and browser history to mask their online identity.
14% of users take more drastic measures and encypt their communications or use services that allow for anonymous browsing.
- Number of internet users in selected countries and regions as of May 2014 (in millions)
Number of internet users worldwide in May 2014, by country
- Market value of the largest internet companies worldwide as of May 2014 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Market value of the largest internet companies worldwide in 2014
- Number of worldwide internet users from 2000 to 2014 (in millions)
Global number of worldwide internet users 2000-2014
- Opinion of Americans on whether Edward Snowden's disclosures have harmed U.S. securityOpinion of Americans on whether Edward Snowden's disclosures have harmed U.S. security
- Opinion of Americans on the legal charges against Edward SnowdenOpinion of Americans on the legal charges against Edward Snowden
- Global awareness on Edward Snowden, by regionGlobal awareness on Edward Snowden, by region
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