Internet skepticism starts at home

The latest data from the Central Statistical Office on Internet Safety of Households has yielded some interesting results.

Overall, we are a skeptical bunch. Or at least 62 percent of us are; it is the percentage of people who told the CSO that they had seen something on the Internet that they believed to be false or that they doubted the veracity of the information. Of those people, 64 percent did more research, either looking at the sources or discussing it more online or offline. On the face of it, this is a victory for fact-checking and the fight against disinformation.

Data tracking

Privacy experts would also be delighted to see that nearly 60% have learned how to prevent sites and services from using their location data, while 58% deny permission to use their personal data to others. advertising purposes. Good news if you are an informed consumer who protects your privacy; bad news if you’re a marketer relying on ad tracking data to target audiences.

However, despite this positive shift towards privacy, over 60% of people do not read the privacy policies they sign up for. Most of us still just check the box to say that we have read the privacy policy or terms and conditions before providing our personal data, and we almost always lie.

Privacy Policy

Apart from the regular 37% who claim to do so. That almost four in ten people have the time to scan often cumbersome documents may be the biggest surprise. The average privacy policy is a few thousand words and takes around 10 to 15 minutes to read. Multiply that by all the services and sites you visit, and it’s a good chunk of your time spent reading words on a screen.

The GDPR was supposed to make these policies more transparent, but there seems little it can do to make them more attractive – or faster – to read.

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