Consumer distrust of online commerce remains widespread, according to a national study released last week.
A majority of respondents, 53 percent of people reached by a Consumer Reports WebWatch survey, said they have stopped giving out personal information on the internet. Exactly one-quarter have quit buying things online altogether.
The report, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates from May 16 through June 21, was based on interviews with 1,501 adult internet users contacted by telephone. The poll's sample margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.