A new study has found that people are less likely to say they have a positive opinion of the NSA than those who don’t know what the agency is doing.
And the majority of Americans don’t understand why they are being monitored, according to a new study that analyzed responses to the NSA surveillance program.
But even when asked about their privacy rights, Americans were far less likely than others to say that the government has the right to monitor their personal data, the Washington Post reported.
The new survey, by the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Media and Democracy, found that 57 percent of Americans surveyed said they have some level of privacy protections in place, but only 39 percent said they were aware of their privacy protections, and 44 percent said their privacy was protected.
About two-thirds of Americans, or roughly 6 million people, said they didn’t have privacy protections at all, the study said.
The study found that the vast majority of respondents said they did not feel the government should have the ability to collect their data, and that the public is less trusting of the intelligence community than previous studies.
The survey also found that fewer than half of respondents (49 percent) thought that Americans have a “clear understanding of how and why the government is collecting our personal data.”
Only about one-quarter of respondents were in agreement with the statement, which the researchers said reflects a “broadening of public understanding of the scope and potential consequences of the collection program.”
The survey of nearly 3,000 adults was conducted online in March.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
“The stakes for privacy are high,” the researchers wrote in their report.
“If the government can collect our data without our consent, it will have a chilling effect on free speech and political dissent.
It will also weaken our capacity to respond to challenges to our nation’s power, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the NSA spying program.
Privacy is one of the most important freedoms in our democracy.”
The Post reported that the survey showed that many Americans feel the surveillance is not a big deal, and it is important to keep in mind that this is just one survey, and the survey doesn’t include any specific examples.
However, the new study shows that “Americans’ attitudes toward the government’s ability to monitor them may be shifting as they learn more about the surveillance program,” the Post reported, and they are “not fully informed about the scope of the program or the extent to which their data is being collected.”
The study did find that some Americans are “deeply concerned” about the program, with 71 percent saying they had “great concerns” about how the government collects data and 70 percent saying “some degree of concern” or “some concern” about it.
However “many Americans were also deeply concerned about the NSA’s ability and ability to use their data to help fight terrorism,” the paper said.
It noted that there is “little or no evidence” that Americans are becoming more fearful of the government collecting their data.