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December 18, 2018

Consumers Upbeat About Technology Despite Security Risks

Consumers Upbeat About Connected Devices Despite Security Risks: TNS Study


As expected, there’s no news worthy of your attention today, Dear Reader. But I’ll offer some interesting surveys. Here’s one on connected devices from network technology provider TNS. They found that most (62%) of U.S. adults think such devices boost the quality of life, even though even more (72%) felt that location data creates privacy and security risks. You won’t be surprised that 25-34 year olds are the most enthusiastic.

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Consumers Feel AI Will Improve Society But Threatens Personal Data: Arm Research


A survey by chip technology vendor Arm also found positive attitudes towards tech: 61% said increased automation will make society better while just 22% said they would make things worse. Loss of personal data was the top concern about AI, cited by 85% compared with 63% worrying about machines being unreliable and a still-considerable 57% fearing they would become more intelligent than humans. Reflecting those worries, 67% said they’d prefer AI devices to store data locally and 57% still felt that way even if cloud storage would improve performance.

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Two-Thirds of U.S. Consumers Want Government to Do More to Protect Data Privacy: SAS Survey


Again: this SAS study found that 67% of U.S. consumers want the government to do more to protect data privacy. They’re already helping themselves: 77% said they had changed privacy settings, 67% said they are changing or rejecting cookies, 56% had deleted a mobile app and 36% had removed a social media account. The survey didn’t ask whether they’re mad as hell but the answer is clear.

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