It has been discovered that a staggering 92 per cent of people in the UK do not trust companies to keep their personal details safe.
These were the findings of the Information Commissioners Office’s (ICO) 2010 Annual Track Survey. According to the organisation, a further 60 per cent fear that they have lost control over the way that their personal data is collected and processed.
The study surveyed 1,226 people on the importance of protecting their personal information and was released to coincide with European Data Protection Day.
The ICO has also relaunched its personal information toolkit, which includes guidelines on how to safeguard personal details online and explaining people’s rights to access and correct information that is held about them.
The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said of the findings: “It’s never been more important to protect your personal information and it’s crucial that people are thinking about how their information might be used”.
"From employers looking up potential employees on Facebook, to cyber criminals hacking into unsecured Wi-Fi networks, not protecting your personal information can cause serious harm and distress. European Data Protection Day is about motivating people to regain control of their right to privacy. I hope people of all ages across the UK will do just that.”
The full report can be found here.