Broadband provider Tiscali has launched new figures showing an alarming lack of consistency in consumer attitudes to privacy and their behaviour on social networking sites.
The firm polled 2,505 UK consumers in June and found that 49 per cent include their date of birth on social networking and online information sites, 40 per cent give their email address and 20 per cent job details.
Thirty per cent make their social networking profile public and 13 per cent said they don't know the difference between a public and private profile. Worse still, five per cent of people said they publish their home address and 21 per cent post information about holidays.
And yet two thirds said they thought aerial and streetview pictures of their home present a security risk, while 96 per cent said they thought that publishing of details such as their housemates, mother's maiden name and other details available for anyone to access would put them at risk of identity theft.
There's clearly a massive disconnect between what people do online especially on social networking sites and what they think they are doing. It appears, rather worryingly, that despite the numerous identity theft stories splashed across the front pages, the public is still woefully ill-informed about the level of risk.
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