Public mistrusts social media with data: survey

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LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook considered not trustworthy.

Social media sites have ranked the lowest in public opinion when it comes to safeguarding personal data.

More than three-quarters (79 percent) of respondents were either ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ confident in social media sites keeping their data secure, according to research by YouGov.

The research also showed just 14 percent were either ‘very’ or ‘fairly confident’ that social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn would safeguard their data.

Mobile phone providers also failed to win over the British public, with just 26 percent of responses suggesting confidence in this area.

Steve Durbin, global vice president of the Information Security Forum, said this wasn’t necessarily a bad reflection on social media sites themselves.

“I think it would be very easy to interpret this as a statement on the security readiness or integrity of the sites themselves and I think that this would not necessarily represent the facts,” he said.

“I would see the [percentages] acting as a reassurance that many people now understand the risks associated with disclosing personal information in this way and are therefore cautious about what they disclose.”

Not all sectors fared so badly. Medical organisations and financial institutions led the results achieving 63 percent and 53 percent of votes, respectively.

But when data goes astray from a health body, it always hits the headlines.

“Sadly we put our trust in the individual who we have trusted with our ailments (and quite often generations before us) for many years and they have no control over where our data is stored or where it ends up,” said Mark James, technical manager of anti-virus vendor ESET UK.

“This data is often passed to third parties for analysis or safe keeping. Clear guidelines and procedures need to be in place to track and monitor exactly where the data is held and who is able to view this information at any given time.”

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk

Copyright © ITPro, Dennis Publishing


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