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Creepy or Not? Your Privacy Concerns Probably Reflect Your Politics

“We saw that in general Democrats have a higher concern across an array of scenarios about the use of their data,” said Mary Madden, a researcher who leads an initiative on privacy in low socioeconomic status populations at Data & Society. “Republicans are in general less concerned about those practices.”Professor Turow said the survey responses in his new study suggested that many Republicans lacked empathy regarding surveillance practices that could disproportionately harm people of lower income. “Democrats seem more interested or more likely to say, ‘It may not be directly affecting me, I feel safe, but I still feel angry about it,’” Professor Turow said. In the…

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