Preliminary results have been released to those who have requested them, and a summary has been provided below.


Survey: Trading privacy for friends on MySpace

  • 55% of responses received were from males
  • 45% of responses received were from females
  • 32% had received harassing or threatening messages either online or via their mobile phone.
  • 25% had never looked at or didn’t know how to find the MySpace Privacy Settings
  • 43% had a fake age on their MySpace profile
  • 45% had never altered or did not know how to alter the amount of personal information they share with MySpace Applications
  • 55% allow their photos to be shared with or emailed to other people
  • 25% did not they could disable the use of HTML in comments on their MySpace pages
  • 30% did not know they could force people to provide their full name or email address before requesting to be added to their MySpace friends
  • 34% had MySpace profiles that were visible to the public
  • 21% did not know how to set their profile to "private" viewing only

Survey: Trading privacy for friends on Facebook

  • 53% of responses received were from males
  • 47% of responses received were from females
  • 30% had received harassing or threatening messages either online or via their mobile phone.
  • 30% had never looked at or didn’t know how to find the Facebook Privacy Settings
  • 35% did not know that a small snapshot of their Facebook profile is available via search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Live Search and others.
  • 37% did not use or did not know how to use Friend Lists to restrict access to their profiles
  • 56% had Facebook profiles that were visible to everyone within their network(s)
  • 47% had never altered or did not know how to alter the amount of personal information they share with Facebook Applications
  • 30% did not know how to restrict the amount of personal information that Facebook publishes about them to their friends.

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