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.
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.
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.