Do you trust an organisation with your data?

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A recent research study found that only one fifth of the UK public have trust and confidence in companies and organisations storing their personal information.
Other findings from the survey, conducted by the ComRes on behalf of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), showed that most adults are also unaware of how their personal data is being used by organisations in the UK. Only 1 in 10 of the respondents said they have a good understanding of how their data is being used.
In a speech delivered at ‘Ctrl Shift’s Personal Information Economy Conference’ in London, Steve Wood – the Deputy Commissioner of the ICO, said:

As personal information becomes the currency by which society does business, organisations need to start making people’s data protection rights a priority. Putting data protection at the centre of digital businesses strategies is the key to improving trust and digital growth.

- Steve Wood - the Deputy Commissioner of the ICO

Some organisations are more trusted than others, according to survey results. 3 in 5 people said they had confidence in the NHS, or their local GP, whilst just over half of respondents said the same of the police and local and national government organisations.

Mr Wood added:

By now, organisations should be aware of the changes to data protection law next May. It’s no longer acceptable to see the law as a box ticking exercise. Organisations will need to be accountable, to their customers and to the regulator.

- Steve Wood - the Deputy Commissioner of the ICO

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