Change in awareness about data protection
Only half of the Internet users read the data protection policies of their service providers, the TNS Infratest study on behalf of the German Digital Institute
and Microsoft Germany
revealed. 1014 Internet users were surveyed. The non-readers were asked about the reasons for not reading the data protection policies, and they stated that it takes too long time. 13% have never thought about reading them, 14% do not read them principally because they distrust in the policies. Data protection policies should be shorter and more comprehensible, so Tom Köhler from Microsoft Germany.
15% of the surveyed users have been affected by the misuse of their data, 40% reckon the risk as high, even if the users have concrete knowledge about possible risk sources and not see themselves as victims of anonomys mights, so the Director of the German Digital Institute. Most of them have an updated Firewalls and Anti-Virus Software as protective measures and do not open attachements of unknown senders, albeit only 36% of the Internet users change their password periodically.
46% of the surveyed users are of the opinion they are responsible for their own safety and security and the protection of personal data, 14% think official authorities shall be responsible and 21% of the Internet service providers.
"Studie: Bewusstseinswandel im Datenschutz" PDF, German language
Available on the website since February 17, 2009