Most Indians ignorant about privacy issues: Study

New Delhi, Dec 9, 2012: Giving an insight into privacy perceptions in India in the wake of huge development in the IT sector, one of the first studies on the subject says a majority of people are ignorant about various privacy issues related to the Internet and online social media, including Facebook.

“About 75 percent of the participants had never read the privacy policy on any website that they interact with and about the same percentage of participants had never read the privacy policy of a website before sharing his/her personal information,” says the study conducted by Prof Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (PK) and Niharika Sachdeva for PreCog@IIIT-Delhi that claimed to have covered over 10,000 people in India.

‘PreCog’ is a group of researchers at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi which studies, analyzes, builds and evaluates security and privacy aspects of complex networked systems like social networking sites, including Twitter and Facebook.

The privacy awareness about issues in public places was also low, says the study entitled ‘Privacy in India: Attitudes and Awareness V 2.0’. “Participants were not aware of various privacy issues related to cameras in public places, and others taking pictures in public places,” it says.

The participants, when asked about the first reactions for the word privacy, showed more concerns about privacy through mobile phones and Internet, than other forms of privacy issues — physical, territorial, work place, etc.

(News agency)

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