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Consumer views and news since 2007 about identity theft, privacy, and corporate responsibility -- by George Jenkins

Updated: 2018-03-26T09:04:00-04:00


Report: Social Media Use in 2018


There has been plenty of controversy recently surrounding social media: job advertisements which exclude older workers, concerns that social media threaten democracies, transparency concerns about political advertisements, censorship applied inconsistently, politicians blocking constituents, promises to do better by Facebook, and more. Given these issues, it's reasonable to ask: who uses...

Survey: Online Harassment In 2017


What is online life like for many United States residents? A recent survey by the Pew Research Center provides a good view. 41 percent of adults surveyed have personally experienced online harassment. Even more, 66 percent, witnessed online harassment directed at others. The types of online harassment behaviors vary from...

Study: Police Officers Talk More Respectfully To White Residents Than Non-White Residents


Researchers analyzed the language recorded by body cameras during police stops, and concluded that police officers talk more respectfully to White residents than non-White residents. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, included 183 hours of body camera footage taken during 981 routine traffic...

Study: Many Consumers Don't Secure Their Mobile Devices


Many consumers in the United States don't take the steps experts recommend to secure their mobile devices. Pew Research reported the findings of a recent survey: "More than a quarter (28%) of smartphone owners say they do not use a screen lock or other security features to access their phone....

Study: Almost 40 Percent of U.S. Smartphone Owners Use Voice Recognition


According to a recent study by Parks Associations, a market research and consulting company, 39 percent of smartphone owners in the United States use some form of voice recognition (e.g., Siri, Google Now). The usage is higher (more than 50 percent) for iPhone owners compared to Android owners (less than...

Honolulu Newspaper Studies Police Officer Misconduct


On Tuesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the results of its survey: "Nearly 1 of every 6 current Honolulu Police Department officers have been taken to court over criminal or civil allegations of wrongdoing, ranging from excessive force to domestic abuse, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Just...

Survey: Daily Newspaper Readership


Who reads newspapers in the United States? Do people read print versions, or has readership migrated to online versions? How has this changed over time? In its "State of the News Media 2016" report, Pew Research released results about the demographics of daily newspaper readership: Percent of Adults Reading Daily...

In The Modern Era, More Young Adults Live With Their Parents


As a parent of three children who are now adults, this news item caught my attention. The Pew Research Center reported: "Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and an analysis of census data highlights the...

Courts To Use Risk Scores More Frequently. Analysis Found Scores Unreliable And Racial Bias


ProPublica investigated the use of risk assessment scores by the courts and justice system in the United States: "... risk assessments — are increasingly common in courtrooms across the nation. They are used to inform decisions about who can be set free at every stage of the criminal justice system,...

Breach Notifications Rise More Than 40 Percent In New York


Breach notifications involving New York State residents have risen more than 40 percent compared to a year ago. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Wednesday that his office: "... has received 459 data breach notices from the first of the year through May 2, 2016, as compared with 327...

Report: Lawsuits Resulting From Corporate Data Breaches


This week, the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP released its annual review of litigation related to data breaches. 83 cases were filed, representing a 25 percent decline compared to the prior year. Other Key findings from the 2016 report: "Approximately 5% of publicly reported data breaches led to class...

Report: Significant Security Risks With Healthcare And Financial Services Mobile Apps


Arxan Technologies recently released its fifth annual report about the state of application security. This latest report also highlighted some differences between how information technology (I.T.) professionals and consumers view the security of healthcare and financial services mobile apps. Overall, Arxan found critical vulnerabilities: "84 percent of the US FDA-approved...

Facts About Debt Collection Scams And Other Consumer Complaints


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a report about debt collection scams. The report is based upon more than 834,00 complaints filed by consumers nationally with the CFPB about financial products and services: checking and savings accounts, mortgages, credit cards, prepaid cards, consumer loans, student loans, money transfers,...

American Adults Who Don't Use The Internet. Who They Are And Why


A few weeks ago, the Pew Research Center released the results of survey about adults in the United States that don't use the Internet. You're probably thinking: everyone uses the Internet. Right? Afterall, 64 percent of Americans have smartphones and 19 percent of them use their phones to go online....

Charts: Gun vs. Terrorism Deaths, Comparisons By State


In a news conference yesterday after the latest shooting at a school, President Obama challenged the news media to report facts comparing gun versus terrorism deaths in the USA. Vox published an interactive chart comparing deaths: And, there's plenty more. Vox provided several charts and statistics about gun violence and...

Study: Companies Pay Their Senior Executives More Than They Pay In Federal Taxes


The Institute For Policy Studies released the results of a study of executive compensation and corporate taxes. Researchers analyzed the pay of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in the largest corporation and the highest paid CEOs. Key findings were: "Of America’s 30 largest corporations, seven (23 percent) paid their CEOs more...

More People Get Their News From Twitter And Facebook


Facebook is not just about lolcats, selfies, and epic partying. More people get their news from Facebook and Twitter. Pew Research reported several findings from a recent survey of 2,035 U.S. adults. 63 percent of users get their news from the Twitter and Facebook. Both social networking services saw increases....

Guestworker Programs, Reshoring, And Skilled Workers. The Impacts Upon American Workers


In March 2015, Ron Hira, a Research Associate and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about immigration reforms needed to protect skilled American workers. That classification includes workers in various high-tech jobs. Mr. Hira testified: "Congress and multiple Administrations have...

Two Graphics About Wage And Wealth Inequality In The USA


Today's blog post includes two factual graphics. The first graphic compares the bonuses (not salaries, but the year-end bonuses in addition to salaries) paid to executives at Wall Street firms to the earnings of all full-time minimum-wage workers nationwide: The current Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Given a...

Study: Web Pages At News Sites Load More Slowly Than At Other Sites


Adweek reported the results of a study about website performance: "Research by Web performance monitoring company Catchpoint Systems suggests that news sites may be in trouble because publishers are putting too many assets on their Web pages, forcing the content and the advertisements to load too slowly... search engines loaded...