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Americans And Privacy: New Study Finds U.S. Consumers Overwhelmingly Concerned About the Lack Of Control Over Their Personal Information

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  • 86% of Americans believe businesses and organizations collect more information than needed
  • Most (81%) believe they have very little or no control over their personal data once it’s shared with companies
  • A majority (64%) of consumers online have quit doing business or working with an organization for asking for too much personal information
  • Nearly two out of three Americans believe threats to their personal information are growing faster than businesses and organizations can keep up

TEL AVIV, Israel and NEW YORK, US, April 26, 2022 – When it comes to sharing personal information online, Americans are no longer willing to accept the status quo of how businesses handle their personal data, according to a study for AU10TIX by Wakefield Research.

While consumers are willing to share their personal information, the vast majority (86%) believe that business ask for too much in exchange for tangible benefits while nearly as many (81%) feel they have lost control over their personal data once it’s shared.

Coupled with the fact that nearly two out of three Americans believe online threats are growing faster than businesses and organizations can keep up, it’s not surprising that more than half of consumers (51%) are worried that their personal information may fall into the wrong hands.

“We are on the cusp of a new era that will be defined by who controls data. For the past two decades, companies have been gathering tremendous amounts of data on people’s preferences, habits, and identities, transaction by transaction often without customers understanding what is happening.”
Carey O'Connor Kolaja
AU10TIX CEO

For plenty of people, it’s more than just a suspicious interaction. In fact, 44% of consumers have been victims of personal data theft themselves. As a result, nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents said that the potential risks they face by providing too much personal data outweigh the benefits of doing business.

 

“Lines are now converging towards a clear endpoint where individuals will soon demand to exercise full control over their personal data and for businesses to step up and take more responsibility to safeguard and protect the information that they do collect from consumers, added Carey.


Amongst the key findings are:

  • A shift in consumer preference for security over convenience. Particularly given Americans overwhelmingly (77%) place that responsibility of safeguarding the information they do share on the business or organization asking for it, there shift underway in consumer preference for security and control over convenience. Because of mounting concerns about the security of personal information, 67% consumers are willing to sacrifice their convenience the keep their data locked down. More than 9 in 10 (92%) Americas said they would be willing to use some sort of security measure when gaining access to the organizations and services they interact with.
  • The new rules of data and corporate responsibility. The study also illustrated U.S. consumer attitudes towards security, prevention and recovery efforts, revealing significant expectations of businesses’ anti-fraud measures. Nearly all (97%) Americans expect some sort of action from the business or organization that suffered the breach; most (70%) believe businesses should alert all current customers in the event of a breach. Nearly as many (69%) say businesses who experience a breach that exposes customer data have a responsibility to help victims recover identities stolen.
  • Trust over transaction is the new data imperative. More than four in five Americans (81%) believe there is a lack of transparency in how businesses utilized personal information shared with by consumers. Data privacy laws have been passed in some states while others have not yet taken the steps to set out the clear boundaries and laws for handling consumer data. This is giving companies more freedom to do what they want with consumer data. Given growing concerns over data privacy, now is the time for businesses to nurture consumer appetite to protect their personal information and conduct safer transactions. The new data imperative calls for businesses to not only educate consumers about how their data is being used but also provides people with greater choice of what and how they share personally identifiable information.


ABOUT THE SURVEY

The AU10TIX Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between March 15 and March 20, 2022, using an email invitation and an online survey. The data was weighted to ensure an accurate representation of adults ages 18+.

ABOUT AU10TIX

AU10TIX, a global identity intelligence leader headquartered in Israel, is on a mission to obliterate fraud and further a more secure and inclusive world. The company provides critical, modular solutions to verify and link physical and digital identities so businesses and their customers can confidently connect. Over the past decade, AU10TIX has become the preferred partner of major global brands for customer onboarding and customer verification automation — and continues to work on the edge of what’s next for identity’s role in society. AU10TIX’s proprietary technology provides results in less than 8 seconds, enabling businesses to onboard customers faster while preventing fraud, meeting compliance mandates and, importantly, promoting trust and safety. AU10TIX is a subsidiary of ICTS International N.V. (OTCQB: ICTSF). For more information, visit AU10TIX.com.   

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