f you want to use Internet services, you often have to disclose personal data such as your e-mail address. Internet users increasingly see themselves as primarily responsible for the security of such data. Three out of four (74 percent) say: "I myself am responsible for protecting my personal data on the Internet.
Data security: users see themselves increasingly responsible
- 3 of 4 say: I am responsible for my own data security
- In 2014, this figure was only 62 per cent.
If you want to use Internet services, you often have to disclose personal data such as your e-mail address. Internet users increasingly see themselves as primarily responsible for the security of such data. Three out of four (74 percent) say: "I myself am responsible for protecting my personal data on the Internet. Five years ago, only 62 percent said so. This is the result of a representative survey commissioned by the digital association Bitkom, for which more than 1,000 people, including 854 Internet users, were surveyed. "Most users have understood that they can and should protect their own personal data," says Susanne Dehmel, member of Bitkom's management board. More than one in five (22 percent), on the other hand, believes that the state is responsible for secure data on the Internet. Only 3 percent say so: The economy is primarily responsible, i.e. Internet providers or manufacturers of hardware and software.
Awareness of personal responsibility across all age groups high
Even a comparison of the age groups shows no difference in the assessment of who is responsible for the security of their own data on the Internet. Three-quarters of 16 to 29-year-olds (74 percent) see themselves as responsible, as do three-quarters (74 percent) of older people aged 65 and over. "A secure Internet is a joint task," says Dehmel. "Politicians must set the legal framework for it and the authorities must enforce it accordingly. Platform providers and manufacturers must make their products and services as secure as possible from the outset". After all, it is up to each individual to use common security measures and to handle their data consciously.
Methodological note: The information is based on a survey conducted by Bitkom Research on behalf of Bitkom. 1,007 German citizens aged 16 and over were interviewed by telephone. The survey is representative. The question was: "In your opinion, who is primarily responsible for the protection of your personal data on the Internet?