Bob Sullivan of NBC’s Red Tape Chronicles website recently indicated that 54% of cell phone users have become so concerned about privacy on their mobile phones that they have avoided downloading many applications . In addition, 30% of cell phone users have also removed other applications from their mobile phones in their fear about data sharing. Sullivan backs up his statistics from the Internet and American Live survey report recently released by the Pew Research Center. The margin of error for the study was plus or minus 4%.
Pew Research also found that mobile phone users can’t seem to keep there hands on their mobile phones as they are lost or stolen at an alarming rate. Over 45% of the user population between the ages of 18 – 24 have lost phones. The loss rate is a little better for older users between 35 – 54 years of age where only 30% have lost their mobile phone. The age group with the least loss phones were those users 65 or older who had a loss rate of only 20%.
Hopefully, mobile phone and application developers will come up with some solutions for reducing the lost phone problem. Lookout Mobile security which is based in California estimates that lost phones will cost U.S consumers $30 billion this year. The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission announced earlier this year that all the major U.S. Carriers will now start turning off lost mobile phones thus reducing their value for resale.