Today’s college students have grown up in social media and the internet, leading some observers to assume that they are unconcerned about all the data they are generating online. But it turns out that young people today take great care of their data privacy, even if they sometimes behave in a way that threatens that privacy.
Many teens and early 20’s say they try to be cautious about the information they share online. One reason for this is that they don’t want to make a bad impression on their college admissions or job prospects, according to the report. According to one study participant, she tries to make sure that when people look at her online profile, “they won’t see anything that ruined my life.”
College students are worried about their peers sharing information about them online in a way they can’t control. For example Study at Indiana University Detailed ways to cope with the fears that college students have and the fact that they can be photographed at any moment by friends, classmates or even strangers. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya.
Another concern described in the Future of Privacy Forum report is the type of digital harassment known as “docking”, which occurs when a person posts sensitive information about a person online with the intention of creating a problem.
The Future of Privacy Forum report says that when it comes to how third parties collect and share individual data, young people have a different approach depending on the organization. When it comes to how their data can be used, young adults have more confidence in the government than private companies and have a favorable attitude.
Regarding higher education institutions, many college students agree that their colleges collect and use personal information “for educational purposes,” but they do not feel the need to include their social media behavior or where they go and what they do on campus. Some students worry that the data collected about them in high school may not be accurate or may be used for their best interests. Many students avoid sharing biometric information with colleges and are wary of tools such as facial recognition software.
To support young adults in their desire to protect their privacy, the report makes three recommendations: