Two out of three Romanians have trouble controlling personal data circulation, as shown in the Consumer Behavior Study – CBS carried out by Nokia Siemens Networks in 18 countries.
The poll which covers 18 countries including Romania, reveals a growing sensitivity to the way personal data is handled by third parties in comparison to the previous year.
The results of the poll show that suppliers of fixed internet and fixed and mobile telephony are companies which consumers trust the most when it comes to the way their personal data is handled. On a scale of 1 to 10, these companies received 6.4-6.8 points as far as the degree of trust is concerned. Online communities and governments are on the lower end of the scale, with 4.5- 5 points.
“The high level of trust that people put in telecommunication companies is an essential opportunity for these to offer their clients more targeted and relevant services, thus contributing to the development of the business. Due to technologies for personal data protection, consumers will be able to surf the internet more safely, they will be able to administer their own data and will have greater control on their financial transactions,” says Dragos Chivu, Country Director al Nokia Siemens Networks Romania.
Most Romanians (88 percent) think that data protection is very important but two thirds of them (65 percent) are willing to provide personal data for certain value-added services compared to only 46 percent of Europeans.
Romanians are concerned with having to share credit card data as 86 percent of them consider the data processing and stocking as very risky, but this ratio is still lower compared to the average European one which is 92 percent.