Privacy and Cybersecurity Are Not the Same, and Americans Care Far More about Cybersecurity

Data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration indicate that Americans are concerned about, and recognize important differences between, online security and privacy. Press coverage has almost uniformly framed discussion of these data in terms of privacy concerns, to the exclusion of security concerns. Conflating these issues presents an easy, but misleading, story of known actors and clearly harmful conduct. Policymakers should work to address both sets of issues and be wary of advocates who conflate privacy with security to advance their own privacy-related agenda.

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