Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy


The Pew Internet & American Life project has released some new survey data about teens and mobile privacy. What the data reflect is that a majority of teens have downloaded apps and that they’re quite aware and sensitive to privacy issues, especially personal data collection and location tracking.

Here are some of the key findings in a new survey of U.S. teens ages 12-17:

  • 58% of all teens have downloaded apps to their cell phone or tablet computer.
  • 51% of teen apps users have avoided certain apps due to privacy concerns.
  • 26% of teen apps users have uninstalled an app because they found out it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share.
  • 46% of teen apps users have turned off location tracking features on their cell phone or in an app because they were worried about the privacy of their information.
  • Among teen apps users, girls are considerably more likely than boys to say they have disabled location tracking features (59% vs. 37%).

Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy

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