How much do college students care about online privacy?

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From such games as Candy Crush Saga andFarmville to streaming services Hulu or Netflix to social networking sites such as Twitter and Foursquare, millions of businesses now provide users the option to sync their applications with Facebook. This gives third-party businesses access to users' personal information, including their birthdays, friends and photos.

Are college students concerned about these businesses accessing their personal information?

The Pew Research Center published a study last week that revealed only 9% of teenage social media users care a great deal about third parties accessing their personal information from sites such as Facebook.

Woody Hartzog, assistant law professor at Samford University in Homewood, Ala., and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society, said that this lack of concern for privacy might translate to college students.

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