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Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to

Posted by Steve Schram on May 16, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Originally published on May 13, 2016 on The Washington Post by Andrea Peterson.

Nearly one in two Internet users say privacy and security concerns have now stopped them from doing basic things online — such as posting to social networks, expressing opinions in forums or even buying things from websites, according to a new government survey released Friday.

This chilling effect, pulled out of a survey of 41,000 U.S. households who use the Internet, show the insecurity of the Web is beginning to have consequences that stretch beyond the direct fall-out of an individual losing personal data in breach. The research suggests some consumers are reaching a tipping point where they feel they can no longer trust using the Internet for everyday activities.

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