Social media produces some very interesting paradoxes when it comes to privacy, it was revealed in a research done by EMC.
15,000 people from 15 different countries in the world took part in a survey, and among the results was that while 91% claimed that they prefer easier access to information and Knowledge via the Internet, only 27% of consumers are ready to sacrifice their privacy.
The survey also showed that only 41% of people, “believe government is committed to protecting their privacy”. Another interesting result that was quoted by EMC is that “A large majority of respondents (81%) expect privacy will decrease in the next five years.”
As far as cyber is concerned – “85% of respondents value ‘the use of digital technology for protection from terrorist and/or criminal activity; however, only 54% say they are willing to trade some of their privacy for this protection”.
Compared to a year ago, 59% of global respondents feel they have less privacy now. The US and Brazil, with 70% and 71% respectively, were the highest percentage countries with respondents who feel they have less privacy now. France, on the other hand, is the only country where a majority of respondents did not agree that they have less privacy now than they did a year ago. 81%, a large majority of respondents, expect privacy to decrease in the next five years.
Jeremy Burton, President of the Products and Marketing division in EMC Information infrastructure, said that: “Individuals need to know that their data not only is secure, but that its privacy is protected. The Privacy Index reveals a global divergence of views around these critical issues of our time, and a warning call that responsibility for transparency, fairness, safe online behavior and trustworthy use of personal data must be shared by business, governments and individuals alike.”