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Sunday Quick Note: Privacy vs Security

March 20, 2016

Today’s quick note involves a March 4 post at emarketer.com titled “Internet Users in Germany Hope for a Balance of Safety and Privacy.” This post offers a short but revealing glimpse at German attitudes toward data privacy and security.

The post tells us that Germans don’t think much of service providers’ ability to keep their data safe. In fact, only 10% of Germans feel U.S. service providers can keep their personal information secure, and only 22% of them trust European service providers. Ironically, 83% believe retailers will keep their personal data secure!

Not surprisingly these trust statistics also reveal something about how Germans relate privacy, security and risk: “Those who feel that using the internet means accepting a certain level of surveillance and limited data security has grown by 12 percentage points over that same period, from 56% to 68%.” And nearly 40% of those surveyed now report that they accept that their private phone and internet communications could be monitored to keep them safe!

The post sums up by concluding: “But at the same time, there is a growing sense that the federal government isn’t doing enough to protect the data of its citizens.” Go figure. The post is short, but packed with interesting statistics and well worth the few minutes it will take to read. Fresh from this perspective, let me ask you: Do you trust your internet service provider more with your data than your department store? Please post your thoughts in comments below! The discussion is sure to be interesting!

A few prior todaynote pieces have covered privacy issues. You might want to check back on those:

Today’s Note: What is Privacy, in Today’s Digital World?
Too Big for Their Breeches: Health Information Privacy and Security

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