The Hill's Reid Wilson: Americans continue to give personal data away to tech firms

Reid Wilson, campaign reporter for The Hill, said on Wednesday that despite widespread privacy concerns, Americans continue to give their personal data away to tech firms. 

"We are giving up a tremendous amount of our own privacy these days to these mega companies these days and we don't even realize it," Wilson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"Even if we realize it, we don't take the steps necessary to take that privacy back. So at a time when Americans are more conscious of their privacy than they probably ever have been in the history of the country, we're giving up more of that data than we ever have before, for little or no cost, by the way," he continued. 

Social media companies have come under fire for their handling of Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Facebook received major backlash after it revealed that British data research firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of 50 million Facebook users without their permission. 

The public has expressed disapproval in Facebook's handling of the incident, as well other tech firms' handling of election meddling and user data. 

Ninety-one percent of Americans said they "agree" or "strongly agree" that people have lost control over how personal information is collected, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year. 

Only nine percent of respondents said they were "very confident" that social media companies would protect their data. 

— Julia Manchester