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  •  According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 91 percent of American adults “agree” or “strongly agree” that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies. Additionally, 50 percent are worried about the amount of personal information about them online, while 47 percent said they were not confident they understood what would be done with their data once it was collected.
     
    Against this backdrop of haze about collection and use of personal information are the emergence and rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – with more than 30.7 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2020. (Pew Reasearch Center. The state of privacy in post-Snowden America. Sept. 21, 2016).
  • Eight out of ten Americans (81%) believe federal laws against Internet obscenity should be vigorously enforced, and seven out of ten (70%) believe that strongly. A higher percentage of women support vigorous enforcement of federal laws against Internet obscenity than men -- 90% versus 72%. (Wirthlin Survey, 2002).
  • On the other hand, seven out of ten Americans (70%) say they do not believe these laws are currently being vigorously enforced. (Wirthlin Survey, 2002).?