Survey finds public supports Web scrubbing

A majority of Americans support scrubbing data from government Web sites to thwart terrorists, according to a recent survey. But respondents were divided over whether scrubbing would make much of a difference.

The July survey was part of 'One Year Later: September 11 and the Internet,' sponsored by the Pew Internet and American Life Project of Washington.

Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed agreed that 'the government should do everything it can to keep information out of terrorists' hands, even if that means the public will be deprived of information it needs or wants.' And 67 percent 'believe the government should remove information from its Web sites that might potentially help terrorists, even if the public has a right to that information.'

The report is online, at www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=69.

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