||2011 State of the Net Survey - Consumer Reports
||Use of Social Networks, Security - Technical Safeguards
|Impact to Subscriber:
||Facebook users are exposing themselves to risk by posting sensitive data (15% post current location or travel plans, 34% post their full birth day, and 21% post children's names and photos), and not knowing Facebook privacy controls (one in five have not used such controls); of the 20 million minors who actively use Facebook, 7.5 million are aged 13 or younger and more than 5 million are aged 10 and under - their accounts are mostly unsupervised by their parents (only 18% of parents made their child a Facebook friend). Facebook should beef up its screening to reduce the number of underage members and make its privacy controls even more accessible, and Congress should raise the age requirement in Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to 18 and have COPPA focus more on personal data that is location-based (information that was not foreseen when it was written). Mobile phone users jeopardize information stored on their devices (30% do not take precautions to secure their phones); users should protect mobile phone data by using services offered by smart-phone makers (e.g. over-the-air backup, remote phone locking, and erasing data and account information).