Privacy Concerns Impact Internet of Things Technology
Eighty percent of respondents said they are very concerned about the security of their personal data when using smart devices, a Trend Micro survey found.The majority of consumers aren't willing to alter their behavior to preserve privacy in the era of the Internet of things, even though it remains a huge issue for people, a Trend Micro survey of 1,903 individuals from 18 countries found. Forty-four percent of consumers believe the benefits of the Internet of things (IoT), such as the interconnectivity of wearable and smart devices, outweigh privacy concerns. That's even with 80 percent of respondents saying they are very concerned about the security of their personal data when using smart devices, with 74 percent concerned when using social media sites. However, a much smaller percentage (just over 50 percent of respondents) were concerned about their privacy. "Based on the study responses, I think that many people are giving up some of their concerns because they feel they've lost or are losing control over their privacy and security," Christopher Budd, global threat communication manager at Trend Micro, told eWEEK. "One of the most interesting findings of the report is the data that would seem to indicate that consumers are losing some of their concerns around personal information."
Budd noted that when you look at such data as 75 percent of respondents saying they have little or no control over their personal information and 47 percent saying they have become more concerned about the security and privacy of their personal information, it would seem to show the concerns are still there, but people are throwing up their hands in futility.