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Poll: Over Half Of Smartphone Users Avoid Some Apps Due To Privacy Issues

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File photo of a person using an application on a smartphone. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a person using an application on a smartphone. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

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ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis) – A recent poll suggests that over half of Americans using applications – or “apps” – on their smartphones will either avoid certain apps or uninstall others due to privacy concerns.

The Pew Research Center stated earlier this month that an estimated 54 percent of smartphone users opted against installing specific apps after learning how much personal information they requested in order to use them.

In addition, a reported 30 percent of app users have removed programs from their smartphones after learning that the apps collected personal information they did not want to share.

When averaged, Pew asserted that 57 percent of all app users have in one way or another altered their app usage based on privacy concerns.

The polling center also learned that 88 percent of all adults in the United States have cell phones. Of those, 43 percent have downloaded and made use of apps at one point or another.

According to an official release on their website, the study was conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

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