Consumers Vow to Punish Businesses that Fail to Safeguard Their Data and Reward Those that Put Data Protection First

Consumers Vow to Punish Businesses that Fail to Safeguard Their Data and Reward Those that Put Data Protection First

New research shows trust in organizations is diminished as consumers believe businesses don’t know how to protect their data

Singapore – May 16, 2018 – New findings from a global research study by Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, reveal that consumers have little trust in organizations to safeguard their personal data. With more and more companies suffering data breaches and hackers seemingly one step ahead, almost two in five (38 percent) consumers around the globe believe that most businesses don’t know how to protect their personal data, with a quarter (25 percent) of respondents in Singapore sharing the same sentiment.

At the same time, the 2018 Veritas Global Data Privacy Consumer Study also shows that consumers intend to take bold steps in penalizing companies that don’t safeguard their data, while rewarding those that do.

Many businesses around the world rely on data to effectively target consumers with goods and services that provide better experiences. But with the introduction of stringent compliance regulations that give people more power over their data—like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—many consumers are closely scrutinizing businesses and holding them accountable for the protection of their personal data.

The ‘New Norm’

The study, commissioned by Veritas and conducted by 3GEM, surveyed 12,500 people across 14 countries. It indicates that consumers intend to reward organizations that properly protect their personal data, and punish those that don’t by shopping elsewhere or attacking brand reputations.

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent of respondents both globally and locally) say they would stop buying from a business that fails to protect their data, while almost half (48 percent globally) say they would abandon their loyalty to a particular brand and consider turning to a competitor. In Singapore, more than half of the respondents (51 percent) will do so.

Eight in ten (81 percent globally and 82 percent in Singapore) say they would tell their friends and family to boycott the organization, while nearly three-quarters (74 percent globally) claim they would even go so far as to report the business to regulators. In Singapore, the figure is slightly higher at 75 percent. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of consumers globally say they would post negative comments about the business online. In Singapore, the figure is slightly lower at 59 percent.

However, the research shows that consumers also intend to reward companies that are properly protecting their data. 59 percent of global respondents say they would spend more money with organizations they trust to look after their data, with over a quarter (27 percent) of global consumers willing to spend up to 25 percent more with businesses that take data protection seriously. In Singapore, the rewards are greater, with 68 percent of local respondents indicating they would spend more money with organizations they trust to look after their data and close to one third (33 percent) willing to spend 25 percent more with a business that takes their data seriously.

“Trust in businesses has been eroded by breaches and high-profile cases where firms have shown a lack of understanding of how the consumer data they hold is used or shared,” said Tamzin Evershed, senior director and global privacy lead, Veritas. “As consumers demand more transparency and accountability from businesses, the ‘new norm’ will see consumers rewarding those organizations that have good data hygiene practices in place while punishing those that don't. Businesses must be seen as trusted custodians of data if they want to reap the rewards associated with building consumer confidence.”

Growing concerns around the collection of personal data

As interest grows in how personal data is used and shared, the research shows that consumers would not consent to sharing the following types of personal data:
  • Details about personal finance, including income, mortgage (60 percent globally and 67 percent locally)
  • Location (40 percent globally and 48 percent locally)
  • Online habits (40 percent globally and 47 percent locally)
  • Details about health medical records (38 percent globally and 43 percent locally)
  • Sexual orientation (28 percent globally and 26 percent locally)
  • Religious preferences (26 percent globally and 22 percent locally)

In addition, consumers are becoming more cautious about how their data is shared with companies and third parties. More than 90 percent of the respondents (92 percent globally and 95 percent in Singapore) said they are concerned about the protection of their personal data, with two in five (40 percent) globally and almost half (47 percent) in Singapore saying they have no visibility into how companies are using or sharing their data. More than one-fifth (21 percent) of the respondents globally are very concerned that their personal data will be stolen. In Singapore, more than a quarter (26 percent) have similar concerns.

“In light of recent events and changes in the law, consumers need much more reassurance when it comes to what personal data companies hold on them, and how it is shared and used,” Evershed said. “This could have significant implications for businesses that rely on collecting consumer data to provide intelligent and targeted services, such as location-based apps. The most successful companies will be those that are able to demonstrate that they are managing and protecting personal data in a compliant way across the board.”

Veritas helps businesses around the world manage, protect and gain valuable insights from their data, regardless of where it sits in their organization. Veritas’ 360 Data Management for GDPR  solution includes an array of comprehensive advisory services and integrated software that enable companies to locate, search, minimize, protect and monitor their data. It not only helps companies jump-start their compliance journey, but helps maintain compliance at every turn moving forward.

For further information on how Veritas Technologies can help your organization with digital compliance, visit

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3GEM Research and Insights, 2018, "2018 Veritas Global Data Privacy Consumer Study", interviews conducted and statistics compiled for Veritas Technologies LLC by 3GEM Research and Insights, Office 10, 5-10 Corbridge crescent, London E2 9DS,

A total of 12,500 adults were interviewed in March and April across the US, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UAE, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

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