Americans might love their gadgets, but they don't want them tracking their movements at home.
That's the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center poll titled "Privacy and Information Sharing." It posed several hypothetical situations to test how much privacy people were willing to give up for convenience and savings.
It imagined that a company that has created an "inexpensive thermostat sensor" that could save you money on your energy bill — but it would share data about when people are in the house and "when they move from room to room." A majority of people polled (55 percent) said that was "not acceptable."
"Crosses a line — too intrusive," said one respondent. "Goes into creepy zone of being watched!"
Americans also weren't too enthused about using a device that would track their driving habits, which 45 percent of respondents said was "not acceptable," compared to the 37 percent who were OK with it.
People were more amenable to the prospect of doctors uploading their health records, with 52 percent saying it was "acceptable."
"While many Americans are willing to share personal information in exchange for tangible benefits," the report said, " they are often cautious about disclosing their information and frequently unhappy about what happens to that information once companies have collected it."