Survey Finds People are Privacy Hypocrites


A report by HP found that most people admit to looking at others’ computer screens and documents in the workplace while still keeping their own privacy top of mind.

Even while people remain concerned about their own privacy in the workplace and online, most still admit to violations of their coworkers’ privacy by “creeping” on PC screens and “peeking” at documents found in printer trays, a new survey has found.

The survey—commissioned by HP as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—found that people are generally quite protective about their own private data in the workplace and online even as we live more and more of our lives publicly. However, they also tend to encroach on others’ privacy when given the opportunity as a result of basic human nature, according to the report, called “HP Creepers and Peekers” (PDF).

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