As of 2019, the threat to online privacy comes from several different directions. In the United States, 81 percent of online users felt that their data was very or somewhat vulnerable to hackers. Disclosure of sensitive personal data such as credit card information or social security number, which can lead to stolen identities and financial damages, is the most common fear of internet users. During a March 2019 survey, 22 percent of U.S. online users stated that saving sensitive data online was not secure enough for them and a further 40 percent stated that they were concerned about their online data being misused.
Another source of worry for internet users has increasingly been the involvement of various governments in the online activities of their nationals. In the United States, such fears were furthered during the 2013 leak of operational details about the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its international partners' global surveillance of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens.
Another increasing worry in the online medium is malicious use or publication (doxxing) of personal information intended to humiliate, harass or in other ways damage someone’s reputation. During a December 2018 survey it was found that 21 percent of online harassment victims had experienced online harassment due to their political views, with further 20 percent reporting falling victim to online hate because of their gender. With severe harassment such as physical threats and sexual harassment becoming increasingly more common online, it is no surprise that most online users want to keep identifying information private.
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