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ICO publishes 2020 Annual Track survey results

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has published 2020 Annual Track survey – a survey of over 2,000 people that the ICO commissions each year.

The main aim of this research is: “To gauge the general public’s awareness and perceptions of their information rights and to monitor any change in people’s trust and confidence in organisations who use their personal information. Also, to provide a measure of how the Commissioner/ ICO is perceived by the UK public.”

Source: 2020 Annual Track survey results | ICO

Most US consumers want more control of data and don’t trust companies

More than half of US consumers want more control over their personal data – and a similar number don’t trust companies to use their data ethically, according to a KPMG survey.

Ninety-seven per cent flagged the importance of data privacy, with 87% feeling it was a human right, according to the survey of 1000 respondents.

Source: Most US consumers want more control of data and don’t trust companies

Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About How Companies Use Their Data

With data privacy important to almost every American, more than two-thirds of those surveyed say they don’t trust companies to ethically sell their data.

The survey of 1,000 respondents in the United States found that nearly every American (97%) considers data privacy to be an important issue, with 87% labeling digital privacy as a human right. Yet more than two-thirds of respondents do not trust companies to ethically sell their information, and more than half do not even trust companies to use their information in an ethical way.

Source: Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About How …

Most consumers do not trust big tech with their privacy

Social media and online shopping sites top the list of services consumers feel do not adequately protect their personal information.

The study, Privacy and Security in a Digital World: A Study of Consumers in the United States, found that, on a scale of 1 to 10, 86% of adults said they are “very concerned” about how Facebook and Google use their personal information.” A majority, 69%, said they are “very concerned” about their privacy when using devices such as smartwatches, smartphones, tracking devices, smart speakers, tablets, PCs, and Macs. A similar number, 66%, said they are “very concerned” when shopping online or using online services.

Source: Most consumers do not trust big tech with their privacy – TechRepublic

Americans avoid internet services over privacy concerns

A substantial share of the public has opted out of using a product or service because of concerns about how much information would be collected.

About half (52%) of U.S. adults said they decided recently not to use a product or service because they were worried about how much personal information would be collected about them.

Source: Half of Americans decided not to use something over privacy concerns in past year | Pew Research Center

Survey Reveals Leading Corporate Data Privacy Risks, Priorities and Change Initiatives

FTI Consulting announces findings from its study of data privacy trends, which indicated a sense of constant change and regulatory unease.

75 percent of organizations surveyed have made changes to their data privacy programs in the last 12 months. In the coming year, 97 percent of organizations will increase their spend on data privacy, with an average increase of 50 percent.

Based on responses from more than 500 leaders of large, U.S.-based, companies, Corporate Data Privacy Today: A Look at the Current State of Readiness, Perception and Complianceprovides a robust illustration of the current privacy landscape and the programs, perceptions and strategies currently in play at large corporations.

Source: New FTI Consulting Survey Reveals Leading Corporate Data Privacy Risks, Priorities and Change Initiatives | FTI Consulting

52% of companies use cloud services that have experienced a breach

Use of personal devices when accessing cloud services and the sprawl of high-risk cloud services drive new areas of risk for companies using the cloud.

Seventy-nine percent of companies store sensitive data in the public cloud, according to a McAfee survey. While these companies approve an average of 41 cloud services each, up 33 percent from last year, thousands of other services are used ad-hoc without vetting. In addition, 52 percent of companies use cloud services that have had user data stolen in a breach.

Source: 52% of companies use cloud services that have experienced a breach – Help Net Security

Most Americans support the right to be forgotten online

Americans prefer to keep certain information about themselves outside the purview of online searches, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

74% of U.S. adults say it is more important to be able to “keep things about themselves from being searchable online,” while 23% say it is more important to be able to “discover potentially useful information about others.”

Source: Most Americans support the right to be forgotten online | Pew Research Center

Consumers Worry More About Privacy Than Any Other Issue Except Healthcare

That’s according to a new study from Wunderman Thompson Data, which found that 58% of consumers are very concerned about the privacy and security of their personal information and data.

85% of respondents think it’s difficult to know just what to do to protect your personal information and data these days. And 68% find Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies “difficult to understand” and as a result, 72% only read them sometimes (25%), rarely (35%) or never (12%).

Source: Consumers Worry More About Privacy Than Any Other Issue Except Healthcare 12/17/2019

Talend Report Showcases Low GDPR Compliance Rates for Data Subject Access Requests

Talend’s new survey shows that less than half of all companies and public sector organizations were able to respond to a Data Subject Access Request within the time period stipulated by GDPR.

Media and telecommunications companies also scored very poorly, with only 32% of them responding in a timely manner. Only 46% of retailers are able to respond to Data Subject Access Requests in a timely manner.

Source: Talend Report Showcases Low GDPR Compliance Rates for Data Subject Access Requests – CPO Magazine

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