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It feels like Big Brother is always watching, but these Americans believe it's still possible to have privacy in the digital age


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — In the age of everything smart — phones, watches, computers, cars and even homes — keeping anything private feels almost impossible for many Americans.

"Twenty-four percent of voters nationwide believe it's now possible to have genuine privacy in this digital area," political analyst and polling expert Scott Rasmussen told Circa. "Two out of three people say they think their image has been captured on some security video within the last 24 hours; this is just part of our day-to-day life."

He continued, "One of the big questions that always comes up is: How do you deal with invasions of that privacy? Stalkers? Or, how do you deal with government agencies that want to track where you are?"

While most people have accepted the fact that almost all their information is being tracked and being sold to the highest bidder, the idea that law enforcement agencies can potentially use that same information against us makes a lot of Americans uneasy.

"Should a tech company just turn over whatever tracking data they have whenever a government agency asks?" Rasmussen questioned. "Most people say no. Younger adults, those under 35, they're the ones who are saying, 'Eh, maybe it's not so bad;' they're pretty evenly divided.

"To an older generation, the idea that somebody can track you all the time is a little bit unnerving, whereas to millennials, it's always been that way."

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There are limits, though, to how much most Americans are willing to share.

"We did find that nine out of 10 people thought that password-protected information should be private," Rasmusen said. "I get the sense that people are aware it's a problem, they're concerned about it, but not really sure what to do about it."


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