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Survey: Most Worry Online Companies Exploit Their Privacy

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Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) — The worry that personal information is freely sold or shared by companies without permission can give computer users pause in going online.

Consumer Reports says in a new survey that 71 percent of Americans feel their online privacy is being exploited in some fashion, while just over half believe companies needlessly hold onto their information even when these business have no use for it.

Perhaps we have no one to blame but ourselves based on Consumer Reports’ finding that a mere two out of 10 respondents say they “sometimes” or “always” read online privacy policies.  In fact, just five percent always take the time to do it.

Over 50 percent admit they never bother to read the fine print, with 42 percent complaining that the privacy policies are just too long to plow through.

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