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.
Search Engine Usage
Snowden Revelations Push DuckDuckGo
This graphic shows the number of daily searches on DuckDuckGo.com.
U.S. Authorities Are Hungry for Google's User Data
This chart shows the number of user data requests by law enforcement agencies that Google received between June 2009 and December 2012.
Number of internet users in selected countries as of May 2013 (in millions)
Number of internet users worldwide in May 2013, by country
Market value of the largest internet companies worldwide as of May 2013 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Market value of the largest internet companies worldwide in 2013
Number of worldwide internet users from 2000 to 2012 (in millions)
Global number of worldwide internet users 2000-2012
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