8 in 10 believe browsing history should be kept private

NSA leaker Edward Snowden gave his first TV interview to NBC News, which aired yesterday.

More than eight out of 10 internet users believe browsing history should be kept private, a new survey has shown.

The poll, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust one year after US whistleblower Edward Snowdon leaked top-secret files revealing the activities of UK and US intelligence agencies, showed 85% believe it is "fairly important", "very important" or "essential" to keep records private.

Only 12% believe it is not important, the survey conducted by Ipsos Mori showed.