88% of adults in the US use cell phones
Over half of mobile application users have rejected or avoided certain applications over privacy concerns, according to a new survey in the US.
According to a survey performed by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in an overall 88% of the US adults use cell phones and about 43% of them download applications or ‘apps’ to their phones.
Among the surveyed app users, 54% of users were not willing to install a cell phone app after they recognised the amount of personal information they would need to share for using the app.
The survey also revealed that about 30% of app users have uninstalled the already installed app as they identified the app’s collection of personal information which they were not willing to share.
Overall, 57% of all the surveyed app users have either uninstalled an app over concerns about having to share their personal information, or averted its installation in the first place for related reasons.
Pew Research Center research associate Mary Madden said as mobile applications become an increasingly important gateway to online services and communications, users’ cell phones have become rich repositories that chronicle their lives.
"The way a mobile application handles personal data is a feature that many cell phone owners now take into consideration when choosing the apps they will use."
The survey was performed in the midst of raising concern among US lawmakers and civil liberties groups regarding the unnoticeable collection of personal information by phones and other mobile devices.
According to the survey, owners of both Android and iPhone devices are also likewise probable to uninstall or avoid apps over concerns of personal information sharing.