The report was released earlier today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and was written by Jan Lauren Boyles, Aaron Smith, and Mary Madden.
It shows that privacy and sharing of personal info is a concern for many mobile web users. Are libraries doing everything within possible to insure that all user data (including library records) are being kept private? Are plans in place to quickly and professionally deal with a privacy breach from all angles if/when one occurs? Are we helping to make library users digitally literate when it comes to privacy and data sharing not only with library resources?
Libraries and librarians have a long and well deserved reputation for being very being 100% respectful of user privacy. We should be proud. However, we must make sure that with technology and access changing as fast as it is that we remain aware of the privacy/data sharing landscape as well as technically prepared.
More than half of mobile application users have uninstalled or avoided certain apps due to concerns about the way personal information is shared or collected by the app, according to a nationally representative telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
In all, 88% of U.S. adults now own cell phones, and 43% say they download cell phone applications or “apps” to their phones. Among app users, the survey found:
- 54% of app users have decided to not install a cell phone app when they discovered how much personal information they would need to share in order to use it
- 30% of app users have uninstalled an app that was already on their cell phone because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share
Taken together, 57% of all app users have either uninstalled an app over concerns about having to share their personal information, or declined to install an app in the first place for similar reasons.
All Pew Internet reports are full of useful charts. Here are a three from today’s report.