Only fifth of UK public trusts companies storing personal info

Tuesday 7 November 2017 | 10:42 CET | News

Only a fifth of the UK public (20%) trust companies and organisations storing their personal information, according to a survey by the Information Commissioner's Office, the regulator for data protection. The deputy commissioner Steve Wood delivered a speech about the importance of building consumer trust and confidence at Ctrl Shift's Personal Information Economy conference in London.

The survey, conducted to help set ICO policy planning, found that British adults are broadly unfamiliar with the specifics of how their personal data is being used by companies and organisations in the UK, with only one in ten saying they have a good understanding of how their personal data is used. 

Trust was higher for public authorities such as the NHS or police, but fell back to only 12 percent for social messaging platforms storing and using personal information.

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