Home > Technology > 55% of Irish people have concerns about how businesses are handling their personal data

55% of Irish people have concerns about how businesses are handling their personal data

Written by Robert McHugh, on 9th Nov 2017. Posted in Technology

article headline

New research commissioned by Netwatch has found that more than half (58%) of Irish people worry about a data breach resulting in their personal information being leaked by a company.
 
The research was undertaken by Coyne among 1,000 participants and found that 55% of Irish people have concerns about how Irish businesses are handling their personal data. 
 
While 89% of people agree that data is playing an increasingly important role in Irish business, there is not often confidence in how businesses are handling and securing this data, according to the survey. There is also uncertainty amongst the Irish public when it comes to protecting themselves. Just 40% of respondents agree that they understand their rights regarding how businesses handle their data.
 
The main area of focus for this research was the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – a strict set of data regulations for businesses operating in the EU, which comes into effect in May 2018. The GDPR will have a huge effect on both Irish businesses and consumers – but only 23% of Irish people understand what GDPR is, and just one fifth (20%) are aware of how GDPR affects them personally. 
 
Source: www.businessworld.ie

More articles from Technology

image Description

Vodafone to employ 50 new people in Dublin

Read more
image Description

Irish tech company expands US operations in California

Read more
image Description

750,000 Competitive Start Fund for Irish Fintech and Deep Tech start-ups

Read more
image Description

Irish company brings Virtual Reality technologies to market

Read more
image Description

STATS aims to employ over 150 staff in Limerick by 2020

Read more