Most Millennials Expect Loss, Theft of Personal Data, Survey Shows
A survey of millennials in the U.S. and U.K. shows they strongly doubt that online services will adequately protect their data, but also it reveals this generation has its own poor security habits.A slim minority—only 5 percent—of men and women aged 16- to 35-years-old believe that current safeguards will protect their data from exposure, according to a survey by security firm Intercede that polled the opinions of 1,000 U.S. and 1,000 U.K. millennials. Millennials are roughly defined as people born starting in the 1980s. About 70 percent of respondents agree that the risk to their online privacy will increase as society becomes more digitally connected, and 54 percent expect the resulting data breaches to undermine trust in businesses, Richard Parris, CEO of Intercede, told eWEEK. "We need to think more about how do you prevent the misuse of data and give transparency to the consumer about the degree to which their information is being shared," Parris said. The survey follows a bad summer of data breaches. In June, the Office of Personnel Management, which stores information on the background checks of every U.S. federal employee and contractor, announced that the agency's systems had been breached.
In July, Ashley Madison, billed as a dating service for married people who want to cheat on their spouses, acknowledged that hackers had stolen information on nearly 37 million users. In August, the hackers behind the breach released two massive data files containing information on millions of users as well as business data from Ashley Madison.