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April 25, 2020
Privacy worries prevent use of social media account for signing up for apps
People find it convenient to use Facebook or other social media accounts to sign up for most new apps and services, but they prefer to use their e-mail address or open a new account if they feel the information in the app is too sensitive, according to a team of researchers.

Web of psychological cues may tempt people to reveal more online
While most people will say they are extremely concerned with their online privacy, previous experiments have shown that, in practice, users readily divulge privacy information online.

Anxious about public speaking? Your smart speaker could help
A team of researchers at Penn State has developed a public-speaking tutor on the Amazon Alexa platform.

Do privacy controls lead to more trust in Alexa? Not necessarily, research finds
Giving users of smart assistants the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, doesn't necessarily increase their trust in the platform, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
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