Americans Fear Data Raiders Are Snatching Their Privacy

With the growing computerization of nearly every transaction in society, the public is concerned about threats to their personal privacy. Knowing that, information services conglomerate Equifax Inc. for the past three years has been surveying Americans about their worries. The latest Equifax survey, conducted by Louis Harris & Associates Inc. shows that 68% of 1,254 respondents believe that the use of computers by corporations is a threat to their privacy -- up from 37% in an independent Harris survey in 1978.

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