Mary Madden (Pew Research Center’s Internet Project) on Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era:
In an effort to explore a range of questions about Americans’ privacy behaviors and attitudes, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has created a custom online panel of adults who have agreed to respond to four surveys and participate in occasional focus groups over the course of a year. This method allows researchers to draw connections between survey responses and focus group discussions as well as the ability to track changes in key privacy measures over time. The first set of findings from this research panel suggests that Americans’ perceptions of privacy are varied, but their lack of confidence in the security of digital communications channels is universal. Join us for a brief presentation of highlights from this new report and a discussion of future topics for this unique research panel.