-San Francisco Chronicle, April 16, 2010 by Benny Evangelista
“It’s very easy for us to point to certain individuals who have over-shared,” Chris Jay Hoofnagle, one of the study’s lead authors, said in an interview. “The most outrageous, most incorrigible teenagers have become a symbol for all young people. But it’s not an accurate observation of how the average young person is acting.”
-The Daily Californian, April 21, 2010 by Claire Perlman
King added that young adults rarely understand that, in the case of Facebook, selecting the option to let “everyone” see one’s profile does not mean permission has been granted to everyone on Facebook, but rather everyone who uses the Internet.
“I argue that the tail is wagging the dog: the companies that have the most to gain from describing young people as careless about privacy are encouraging and facilitating that carelessness,” [Hoofnagle] said in the e-mail. “Fundamentally, Google and Facebook are Machiavellian; they are using well-known principles from behavioral economics to encourage revelation of personal data, all the while instituting policies that make it appear as though they are not complicit in its revelation.”