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New Poll Shows Americans Anxious About Privacy

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brother is watching and Americans know it. New figures from the quarterly Allstate/ National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll show that most Americans exhibit a healthy amount of skepticism and resignation about data collection and surveillance, and show varying degrees of trust in institutions to responsibly use their personal information. Recent headlines focusing on government collection of telephone records within the United States may further stoke the underlying worries that the American public has about data privacy.

Watch a live briefing on key findings from the latest Heartland Monitor Poll today at 8:30 a.m., ET at , featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), member of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus; Jon Leibowitz , former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission; and other privacy experts.

The 17th quarterly Allstate/ National Journa l Heartland Monitor Poll investigates American attitudes and opinions on the collection and use of their personal information by various groups and institutions and how "big data" affects their personal privacy. The poll asks Americans their impression of the likelihood that their personal information is available to the government, businesses, individuals, and other groups without their consent – and to what extent people believe they can control how much personal information is shared.

A full 85 percent of Americans believe their communications history, like phone calls, emails and Internet use, are accessible to the government, businesses, and others. Two in three (66 percent) feel that they have little or no control over the type of information that is collected and used by various groups and organizations. Fifty-nine percent, meanwhile, feel that they are unable to correct inaccurate personal information.

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