online privacy

89% of British internet users are worried about online privacy: report

Online privacy and security has always been a concern for internet users and the issue has gained further prominence in the past year due to revelations about governments spying on their citizens.

A new survey shows the scale of the mistrust, as nine out of ten (89%) British internet users admitted to being worried about online privacy. 

The results from the TRUSTe research have remained consistent for the past three years, suggesting that the ecommerce industry hasn’t been able to allay fears about online security.

More than a third of respondents in the survey said that they are ‘frequently’ or ‘always’ worried about their online privacy.

For details of similar surveys into online privacy, download the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium.

Ready for YourName@Facebook.com?

privacySo email’s becoming obsolete, huh?

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said as much last June. And of course, everyone knows younger users don’t even use email anymore. (Let’s just ignore the fact that you can’t open a Facebook account without an email address).

Now, Facebook’s set to announce Project Titan on Monday, which is almost universally expected to be an unveiling of Facebook’s “Gmail killer” email service.

Privacy advocates arrive in Congress with requests for regulation

In the online battle for privacy rights versus advertising, privacy advocates today drew a line in the sand with requests that Congress draft legislation limiting the practice of behavioral targeting. 

A group of 10 consumer privacy groups is urging Congress to draft a new bill for online privacy this fall. And while it is unlikely that all of the group’s requests will go into effect, it is yet another sign that the future of behavioral targeting does not look bright.