80% of global smishing attacks targeted EU citizens

New data from international connectivity enabler BICS has revealed it blocked 507 million fraudulent spam calls and robocalls across its network in 2023 – up 28% from the 395 million calls blocked in 2022. In total, BICS saved its customers 87 million EUR in estimated costs of wholesale fraud exposure

The figures reveal an alarming persistence – and growing complexity – in telecom fraud schemes. The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) recently reported 92% of carriers are...

Consumers trust banking sector the most with personal data

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Thales, a global technology and security provider, has published the findings of its 2024 Thales Digital Trust Index which reveals that the banking sector is most trusted when it comes to protecting personal data and delivering trusted digital experiences.

Thales surveyed 12,426 consumers globally about their relationship with online brands and services, what privacy expectations they demand, and how brands can earn their trust.

Danny de Vreeze, VP Identity and Access...

8 in 10 Americans concerned about online data privacy, but 48% trust zero-party data collection

With third-party cookie-less marketing nearly here, a new research report released today finds an overwhelming majority of Americans distrust brands when it comes to their data privacy.

Attest, a leading consumer research platform finds that 84% of Americans are concerned about data privacy when interacting with brands online (including 41% who are “very concerned”). 

This concern about intrusive data gathering and disconcertingly personal advertisements appears to...

51% of UK consumers admit to deliberately trying to withhold their personal information  

Two thirds (66%) of UK consumers hear from brands digitally six or more times per day, yet a staggering 88% of them claim that half or less of the content they receive is relevant to them.

This is according to a survey conducted by customer data platform Treasure Data, which also found that almost one in five (19%) UK consumers said none of the content they receive was of relevance at all. This has shined a bright light on brands’ failure to deliver accurate data-driven...

90% of Brits don’t know how companies use their data

As Black Friday approaches on November 24, millions of Brits are gearing up for the annual shopping sales event of the year, eager to snag the best deals.

However, amid the frenzy of discounts and promotions, Forbes Advisor, the price comparison and financial guidance platform, is reminding consumers to be vigilant about how companies handle their personal data.

A recent study from technology experts reveals that almost nine in ten (88%) Brits are concerned about how...

56% of UK consumers always accept cookies without thinking

A third (34%) of Brits admit that they have given up following cyber security best practice because it feels like an impossible task, according to research from Thales.

The research, which surveyed over 2,000 UK citizens, found an alarming level of consumer apathy when it came to keeping themselves safe online.

This apathy is closely tied to feelings of confusion, futility, and information overload. More than half (51%) expressed their struggle to grasp rapid...

Consumers want personalised experience but wary of sharing data

European consumers expect to receive the 'VIP' treatment when it comes to marketing and interactions they have with brands, yet they remain concerned about the sharing, use, and protection of their personal data. 

These trends are gleaned from the fourth annual State of Personalisation Report from Twilio, the customer engagement platform that drives real-time, personalised experiences for today’s leading brands. With data being an enabler of personalisation and enhanced...

70% of UK consumers hide their personal data when online 

While many online advertisers are preparing for Google’s 2024 third-party cookie switch off, a new study from Nano Interactive reveals the rise of private browsing is already significantly impacting advertisers’ ability to target users online.  

The Tipping Point report, which surveyed 2,000 UK consumers to understand their online privacy habits, reveals 70% are accessing the internet in ways which mask their personal information on a weekly basis, such as browsing in...

74% of marketers embrace simplification and sustainability

Clevertouch Marketing, a martech consulting and service provider, has revealed the results of its latest annual State of Martech research, the only dedicated study into the martech industry.

In partnership with the University of Southampton Business School, a world top 100 university (QS World University Rankings 2022), Clevertouch surveyed more than 650 senior marketers across the UK, EMEA and USA to create a picture of the current state of the martech landscape.

Key...

Metaverse: What’s the impact on data privacy?

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The metaverse, which will merge physical reality with the digital world by way of virtual reality, augmented reality and the Internet, is coming. But the question is — are we ready?

According to Chris Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower that spurred a massive overhaul of privacy practices and legislation across the globe, the answer to the above question is a resounding no.

In fact, it might be best to start pumping the breaks on the metaverse now before it...