Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey 2020
The more we go online - to work, play, study, socialise and shop - the more we’ve come to care about our privacy and the security of our personal data. In fact, 7 in 10 Australians consider the protection of their personal information to be a major concern in their life. In the past year, more than half of us have had a problem with how our personal information has been used. 43% of us have been sent marketing we didn’t sign up for or have had trouble unsubscribing from. One third of us have had information collected when it wasn’t needed, or without our consent and some of us weren’t able to access, update or delete information held about us. 62% of Australians are uncomfortable with businesses tracking our location through our web browser or mobile phone, with half considering it to be one of the biggest privacy risks. We’re also worried about the risk of identity theft and data breaches. 84% say privacy is important when choosing a digital service and we think social media, search engines and apps are less trustworthy when it comes to protecting our personal information. As parents, we’re more worried about our kids’ privacy than our own. We’re also concerned about using biometrics, like fingerprints and facial images, with 66% of us reluctant to provide this information.
These are some of the Australian community’s attitudes towards privacy in 2020.