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Private, but we want to spy on others; BRUMMIES HAPPY TO 'SNOOP'.

Byline: Gary Marks Staff Reporter newsdesk@birminghammail.co.uk

MORE than half of people in Birmingham say they have been put oa service because of the information they have been asked to share and far more worry about the information data online services collect from them.

But signicant numbers of Brummies appear to be happy to snoop on each other.

at is what research from le-sharing service We Transfer suggests, as it looked at the attitude of Brits towards snooping.

ey carried out the survey a year on from the Edward Snowden leaks controversy when the former CIA administrator revealed information about classied US government surveillance programmes.

It found that: 55 per cent from Bir-|mingham state they've been put oa service because of the information they've been asked to share 65 per cent conrm | they worry about how much data online services collect from them 38 per cent of people in |Birmingham have confessed to reading people's messages without their permission, which rises to 47 per cent of 18-24 year olds nationally.

What YOU Email letters@birminghammail.

e study also suggested that 76 per cent were worried about what companies do with the information they obtain, but only half of people in Birmingham see data collection as an invasion of their privacy.

Yet, it suggests there is one rule for big business and another for the public.

According to the report, many of us are natural snoopers, and social media has helped to facilitate our inquisitiveness. In spite of our concerns about what information companies have on us and sell, we as individuals are still happy to snoop on other people.

In fact, nationally, 47 per cent of people who've grown up in an era of social media and text messaging (18-24 year olds) have confessed to reading messages without permission, compared to only one in 10 (9 per cent) people over 55.

Women are the more curious sex, as 33 per cent confess to reading messages without permission, compared to just over one in 4 men (27 per cent).

do think? co.uk Founder and CEO of WeTransfer, Bas Beerens said: "It's been a year since Edward Snowden leaked several highly-classied documents and there's been a constant stream of new stories revealing aspects of snooping, phone hack-hack ing and data collection since.

"It's therefore no surprise that consumers are worried about their data, how it's being used and where it ends up.

"As a result, it's crucial for the tech industry to regain the trust of the people who use their services, as well as redene the use of data in the digital age."

also suggested per cent worried what in see as confess to just said: year What do YOU think? Email letters@birminghammail.co.uk

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