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Two recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center regarding privacy, security and surveillance in the United States reveal an increasingly privacy conscious and paranoid nation.

One survey revealed that American’s definition of privacy varies, with different aspects of privacy being more important than others.

Most felt it was most important to be in control of who can get information about us, but placed less value on being monitored at work or in public.


Although Americans hold privacy as important, there was very little faith that companies or the government are able to keep their data private and secure.

The highest level of confidence appears to be with credit card companies with more than a third believing they are at least somewhat confident they are able to secure their information and keep it private.

It is interesting that there was much more confidence in credit card companies than government agencies.