With the news that the National Security Agency tracks the locations of nearly 5 billion cellphones every day overseas, including those belonging to Americans abroad, now more than ever, people are worried about the privacy of their text messages and mobile phone calls.
A new survey from CoverMe, a private messaging app, and SodaHead, the web’s largest opinion-based community, reveals that Americans are very concerned about the security on their phones, the government’s reach and other people reading their text messages—and that level of concern varies according to gender, age, and whether respondents considered themselves ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’..
The survey reveals that:
° Americans are very concerned about the privacy of their mobile communications. Sixty-five percent of respondents are not confident that their mobile phone comes with adequate security and privacy technology. Thirty-three percent of respondents believe that the government is reading their text messages. Only 7% of respondents that consider themselves to be “liberal” feel the government is reading their text messages, while 41% of conservatives think the government is taking a look. While 16% of those between 25 to 35 are worried that government is reading their texts, 37% of those between 35 to 44 are concerned.
° Mobile communications “snooping” is rampant, especially amongst women, teens and millennials. Fifty-seven percent of respondents have caught someone reading their text messages or looking at their photos. When broken down by gender, the survey reveals that for females, the number skyrockets to 78% who have caught someone. Eighty-one percent of 13 to 17 year olds and 81% of 18 to 24 year old have also caught people reading their texts and viewing their photos
The full survey results can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/kvu3maw .