Uruguayan users are mostly concerned in corporations to monitor your Internet activity. According to an international study released in December, this concern it has 65% of local Internet users, thus beating of United Arab Emirates (59%), Chile (54%), and United States (53%).
The report, which compares the uses and perceptions that Internet users, have done by the US Center for the Digital future and few days ago was reported its sixth edition in which Uruguay participates for the first time. Its objective is to compare the results of the surveys conducted by universities in 20 countries.
"These perceptions about privacy may affect or not the behavior of users on the Internet", assured the country Matias Dodel, Coordinator of the study by the Catholic University in 2013, which surveyed 2,000 telephone way Uruguayans over the age of 15, although the study only took data from people older than 18.
The authors of the report do not have a reason for why these thoughts of the Uruguayans are given. "As there are not many studies on this subject in Uruguay, cannot be explained if it is due to the idiosyncrasies or not", explained Dodel, who leads the research group on Uruguay, society and the Internet (GIUSI) of the University Catholic.
Some people who occupy senior posts in the country have expressed concerns about some corporations. One of them was Roberto Markarian, the rector of the University of the Republic, who expressed his fear that Uruguay was "spied" realized a Plan Ceibal-Google agreement last year offering students access to an innovative system to create, share, and edit content in real time.
According to the edition of El País on July 9, the director of the Plan Ceibal replied Markarian that all persons who have a cell phone to transmit information to this company. The director of Google, Less Pedro Andrade, said that databases "are not sold or shared". Markarian these explanations not formed it and we looked for alternatives to supplement the Google initiative.
And on Governments?
The work also shows that the Uruguayan population is among the four countries that are most concerned that the Government monitor them. In United Arab Emirates happens to 60%, in Saudi Arabia to 55%, 53% Chile and Uruguay to 52%.
The Government has bought instruments for monitoring. Last year, the Ministry of the Interior completed the acquisition of "The Guardian", a costly computer system capable of eavesdropping on calls, emails, and social networking.
This new technology - which may only be used under court order - allows 30 people from accessing the surveillance that generate up to 800 cell phones and 200 phones in real time.
At the same time, under the administration of José Mujica, the Government assessed buy more equipment for espionage. One of them was Galileo, produced by an Italian company, which had several meetings. Finally, the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo Bonomi, ruled out acquiring this technology because "it is invasive".
The greatest concern of the Uruguayans aren't corporations or Government. Research shows that the majority of Uruguayans users (72%) are worried that "other people are violating your privacy" on the Internet.
More than one quarter of the Uruguayan population of Internet (28%) are over 65 years of age. These data, which already exceeded according to recent studies, resemble those of developed countries.
Uruguay also has the largest number of users of the study that more write or share content on social networks every day: 22% of Internet users, followed by Chile and Italy (20).
Catholic University do the study this year again to update the information and the change in behavior of the Uruguayan users online.