Half of App Users Report Removing an App Due to Privacy Concerns

Some app or service is always watching you while you’re online, and if that bothers you then you’re not alone. The Pew Research Center has just released a report which indicates that people are more aware of their privacy than some might suspect.

The report is drawn from a Pew survey conducted in late March 2011, where 2,254 Americans were polled by phone. 88% of Americans said they owned a cellphone of some kind, and 43% of that group downloaded apps to their phone, a noticeable increase from the 31% who affirmed this detail in 2011.

More than half of respondents (54%) to this survey indicated that they decided not to install an app once they found out how much personal information they’d have to share with the world. What’s more, 30% of respondents reported removing an app after they discovered how much information it collected.

The survey also showed that 12% of the respondents have had their privacy invaded when someone accessed their phone without permission, and over 30% have had a phone stolen at one point. The youngest owners tended to be more likely to have this happen, with some 45% of the 18-24 age group reporting that their phone had been lost or stolen, and 24% saying that someone else has accessed their phone in a way that compromised their privacy.

You can find the full report, with an extensive set of questions, on the Pew website.