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Survey: Most Consumers Use Privacy Settings To Control Social Network Profiles

February 24, 2012

As the White House seeks to hand consumers more control over their information online, a Pew report released on Friday shows a majority of people on social networking sites use existing controls to protect their privacy.

Fifty-eight percent of social network users say they set their online profiles so only friends can see it, while another 19 percent allow friends of their friends to view their profile, according to the survey conducted on behalf of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Twenty percent of users said they left their profiles fully public.

And people aren't afraid to go further to protect their information and online reputation, the survey found. Nearly two-thirds of respondents have unfriended someone, 44 percent have deleted comments, and 37 percent have untagged photos. All of those practices, often called "pruning," have increased by nearly 10 percent since 2009, the report said.

On Thursday the White House released an online privacy "bill of rights" that calls for laws and voluntary actions to help consumers know privacy policies and control their personal data and how it is used.

The poll surveyed 2,277 adults last year and has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

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