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  • Are we all living in a society of surveillance?
  • Are we all living in a society of surveillance?
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Who wants to live a monitored life?

Over 60% of Brits want to see more CCTV in their local area, but 86% of internet users have taken steps to remove or mask their digital footprints. With such a difference in attitudes, we're living in ‘the privacy paradox’. But if we care so much, why do we share so much?

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We’re living in the middle of what researchers have called the ‘privacy paradox’. While we’re more concerned about the monitoring and distribution of our data than ever, we’re also electing to share more personal data than we ever have before.

A Pew Research study in 2013 found that 86% of internet users in the US “have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints”. 59% of those same users believe it’s no longer possible to protect their identity and remain anonymous online, while 68% think that current legislation and regulation doesn’t do enough to protect online ...

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