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It's Your Business 2018: Idahoans value their on-line privacy at $1,218

Is someone hacking your Facebook? Sending messages via your e-mail?

Online privacy is a fairly consistent hot topic. While many may have been rushing to change privacy settings, hide information from everyone except immediate family and best friends, or simply delete social network sites, many are just taking it in stride.

Security-based review, comparison and news site Security Baron took a recent poll in America, surveying more than 3,000 people, to find out how much social media data is valued — that is, how much would a person sell it for, if someone offered to buy it.

It appears a price CAN be put on privacy. $1,218.75 to be exact. That’s the average amount people in Idaho would be willing to exchange their social media data for. This is lower than the national average of $2,163.15. However, Vermonters would find theirs harder to give up - they value theirs at $4,125. The people who valued their social media data the least were West Virginians; they would take a paltry $375 for theirs.

The study also found that one-fifth of Americans admit they would buy or access someone else’s social media data and 23 percent of Americans would sell their social media data if they could profit from it.


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