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51 people are not aware of the use of personal information after sharing it with the app: survey

A survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan and Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research. Photo: The News

ISLAMABAD: Fifty-one percent of Pakistanis do not know how their personal information may be used after sharing it with mobile apps. Only 35% say they are aware of it. The number of Pakistanis unaware of the use of personal data is double the global average.

This was revealed in a survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan and Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research. Compared to 51% of Pakistanis, who are unaware of the use of their personal information, only 24% of citizens from 39 countries expressed ignorance about the use of their personal data by mobile applications. However, unlike other countries around the world, the number of complaints about the misuse of personal information by Pakistanis is low. Unlike the total average of 60% of the world

39 countries, only 9% of Pakistanis reported misuse of their data. Most Pakistanis complained about fake emails, corporate spam, bank accounts, credit cards and email hacking. However, most complaints about data abuse have been filed by citizens of India, UK and US.

Despite the problems with technology, 66% of Pakistanis, like people in other countries around the world, recognized its importance and called technology an important part of life.

More than 33,000 people from 39 countries around the world took part in the survey. In Pakistan, 1,000 people took part in the survey, which was conducted between October 15 and December 18, 2021. In the survey, 9% of Pakistanis complained about misuse of shared personal information, while that 60% of the world’s citizens seemed concerned about the misuse of personal information. personal data. A total of 41% of citizens from 39 countries complained about spam, 31% complained about searching for bank accounts and other personal information, 12% about leaking personal information, 11 hacked emails , while 10% complained about a bank account or credit being hacked. map.