People want to control what information they share, but can’t.
Digital systems share our personal preferences over the Internet with… we don’t really know. US Research shows online privacy is “very important” to people, even when they lack skills to protect themselves. Perceptions vary elsewhere, but if we can leverage public opinion to improve privacy rights, there’s hope.
Close to a third of the world’s population still have no data protection rights.
Around half of all countries, including most of Asia, Africa and the United States have no comprehensive laws to define privacy rights or rules for fair handling of personal data. The European Union has strong protections, and national laws in many other countries are forthcoming.
Many more websites now encrypt Web traffic with HTTPS.
The padlock in your browser’s address bar is seeing more action as nearly 50% of webpages now offer secure connections (compared with around 40% at the start of 2016). HTTPS is no longer limited to just banking and shopping. All Web browsing should be encrypted.
Breaches affected hundreds of millions of accounts in 2013-2016.
When data is stolen, sometimes no one knows until logins, passwords and other personal information show up for sale online. Breaches are getting bigger and more frequent. Do we have a security epidemic on our hands? In December 2016, Yahoo reported the biggest breach in history: 1 billion accounts.
Breaches in the health and medical sector have skyrocketed in the past 3 years.
If the US numbers are anything to go by, we can see the risk of new sectors adopting more technology without always having the necessary security experience or budgets. There are great opportunities for better healthcare management thanks to the Internet, but also huge personal risks on a global scale. Who weighs the pros and cons?