Monday 20 November 2017

Security of data is consumers' biggest fear

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

DATA security and fraud is consumers' biggest concern about handing over personal information to companies.

In the week when Ireland experienced its biggest ever data hacking breach, a new survey obtained by the Irish Independent reveals that security concerns dwarf all others for consumers.

The poll carried out for An Post data subsidiary Geodirectory reveals 50pc of adults have concerns about data security and fraud, with spam, junk mail, privacy and unknown use of personal information far lower down their list of worries.

Geodirectory chief executive Dara Keogh said the report highlighted how worried people were about data security. This is despite the study being carried out before the Loyaltybuild data breach occurred.

It emerged that 376,000 people had their card details hacked by criminals who managed to hack the systems of Ennis-based Loyaltybuild.

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte told a conference on cyber security yesterday that Government, regulators, industry and citizens all had responsibilities for protecting against cyber attacks.

"Keeping pace with the ever-increasing sophistication of cyber attacks is a challenge for us all," he said.

He was speaking at an Institute of International and European Affairs conference at the Mansion House.

Speakers included Michael Daniel, Barack Obama's cyber security co-ordinator.

The survey was carried out by Ipsos MRBI for Geodirectory, a subsidiary of An Post, and the Ordnance Survey.

Irish Independent

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