A new study conducted by Ponemon, “2010 Privacy Trust Study of the United States Government,” reveals that Americans have less trust in the government’s commitment to protect our privacy than we did when the survey was conducted in 2004. Privacy trust declined from an average of 52% in 2005 to 38% in 2009. The survey was released June 30 and asked participants to rate specific governmental agencies:
Our list of top performing government organizations remains relatively consistent from 2009 with one notable exception – that is, the U.S. Census Bureau dropped from an average PTS [Privacy Trust Score] of 78 percent last year to 39 percent in 2010. The U.S. Postal Service once again earns top honors with a PTS of 87 percent. Albeit small declines from 2009, the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service earn second and third place, respectively.
Noteworthy is which agencies we don’t feel are committed to protect our privacy: