Most Users Share Personal Data Online

Although 84 percent of internet users claim they never give out personal details online, the reality is very different, says AOL. According to research conducted by the web portal, 89 percent of internet users have at some point willingly given away personal details online, highlighting that while surfers may understand the dangers of data security online, they don't actually take steps to ensure their safety.

"Our research identified a significant gap between what people say and what they do when it comes to protecting sensitive information online," said Jules Polonetsky, AOL's chief privacy officer.

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This has got to be the stupidest study done by AOL.

If I write "I like puppies". That IS personal information. It is information pertaining to the habits and/or opinion of one person. If I write my address or phone number, they'd probably jump out of their seat. But that information is right in the phonebook. So, who gives a damn.

Besides, are they also verifying what someone says is true?? People can and commonly bs information about themselves.

yupp.

And furthermore I call bullcrap on this:

"Our research identified a significant gap between what people say and what they do when it comes to protecting sensitive information online," said Jules Polonetsky, AOL's chief privacy officer.

What if I want to buy at Amazon or something? BAM, I gave out personal info...

The thing is, one must not panically have paranoia attacks whereever information is required... As long as it's trustful to give it out DO.
if it's bare basic info like some personality things you don't have a problem about other people knowing about them, go ahead, post it on myspace.
What's wrong with people?
No one is forced into giving out info just because you use the internet.
Heck, in real life we spread our addresses, mail addresses, phone numbers, etc like heck!
As if the bad people only existed on the internet, in some weird form of sick bit monsters or something.
Ridiculous!
Be sensitive about your data, but don't freak out and especially don't play privacy police for others.

As long as you're not just generally silly you'll get along on the internet pretty well.

Glassed Silver:mac

This is a non-suprise. One of the biggest consumer net draws is e-commerence and this is far from a risky action. Chat rooms run from the totally benign to the crazy dangerous. No matter how often Symantec and friends tell not to use personal info online, Ebay marches on as does many others. The best advice is to think about who you are sending to before you hit-enter.