The Snowden Effect: 750 Million People Have Taken Steps to Avoid Surveillance

Compared to the initial flood of astonishing revelations provided by Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013, things have gone relatively quiet on the NSA/GCHQ leaks front. So an interesting question is: what impact have all these had on ordinary people? That’s one of the areas that the CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust explored. Here’s what it found:

Of those aware of Edward Snowden, 39% have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of his revelations
In a perceptive blog post on the survey, Bruce Schneier notes that the “press is mostly spinning this as evidence that Snowden has not had an effect”:

I disagree with the “Edward Snowden Revelations Not Having Much Impact on Internet Users” headline. He’s having an enormous impact. I ran the actual numbers country by country, combining data on Internet penetration with data from this survey. Multiplying everything out, I calculate that 706 million people have changed their behavior on the Internet because of what the NSA and GCHQ are doing.

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