Fifty percent of 1,0000 American adults who recently participated in a public opinion survey say they thinks its “likely” the feds have looked at Internet activity of someone in their family.
Here’s the survey results:
60 percent who use the Internet at least occasionally consider their Internet communications at least somewhat private now, with 21 percent who feel they are Very Private, while 28 percent think their Internet activity is not private, with 8 percent who say it is Not At All Private.
Overall confidence in Internet privacy is down from 68 percent in late May just before the National Security Agency’s domestic spying on telephone calls and e-mails was disclosed, but that quickly fell to 49 percent in early June after the story broke, with just 12 percent who felt their Internet communications were Very Private.
75 percent of all Americans believe it is no longer possible to guarantee that an individual’s Internet searches will remain private, while 7 percent think such a guarantee is possible and 18 percent are not sure.
50 percent now think it is at least somewhat likely that the government has monitored their Internet activity or the activity of a member of their family, but 35 percent consider that unlikely, including 27 percent who believe government monitoring is Very Likely and 9 percent who say it’s Not At All Likely.
Daily users of the Internet are even more convinced that the privacy of their searches can no longer be guaranteed and that government monitoring of their Internet activity is like.