Over the past few years, we have seen an unprecedented number of data breaches and a huge amount of personal information exposed. This has resulted in increasing fears over the security of our personal data and a lack of trust in companies to keep our data safe. It’s only right that we are concerned; our identity is precious, unique and valuable to us. With our personal information we can get access to new services, open a bank account, apply for credit and much more. But how likely is it that your data will be compromised or that you’ll end up a victim of identity theft or fraud? And is there really a need for people to reclaim control of their personal data? Take a look at the following statistics and decide for yourself…

  1. According to Breach Level Index, identity theft accounted for 64% of data breaches between January and June 2016.

  2. No less than half a billion digital identities were stolen or at least exposed in 2015 (TechRadar, 2016).

  3. And the number of identity theft victims rose by 57% in 2015 (BBC News, 2016).

  4. It’s not just the online world where our personal data is exposed. According to GOV.UK, more than 270,000 passports are lost, stolen or damaged every year, and around 10,000 passports are lost while on a night out in a bar or club. Expensive night out indeed.

  5. It’s not just passports we lose – 23% of 18-24 year olds lose an ID document at least once every two years. (Yoti Google Survey, 2016)

  6. It’s no surprise that 38% of people are concerned about falling victim to identity fraud (Business Reporter, 2016).

  7. The largest fraud carried out against individuals is identity fraud, estimated at £5.4bn a year from about 3.25 million victims (Experian, 2016).

  8. BBC News reported that nearly a quarter of identity fraud victims in the UK last year were tech-savvy mobile and social media users.

  9. With so many people falling victim to identity related crimes, it’s unsurprising that people admit to giving false personal data in order protect their identity. Ofcom reported that 25% of internet users say they have given inaccurate or false details on some websites to protect their personal identity online.

  10. Nine in ten say they only give the minimum amount of personal information required (Ofcom, 2016).

  11. And 71% of people who have used dating websites say they have misrepresented themselves on their profiles (Action Fraud, 2016).

  12. Since 2013, more than 4.8 billion data records have been exposed (Business Reporter, 2016).

  13. More than 554 million records were exposed in the first six months of 2016 alone (ZDNet, 2016).

  14. If that’s not scary enough, 35 data records are lost or stolen every second and over 3 million data records are lost or stolen every day (ZDNet, 2016).

  15. It therefore comes as no surprise that 87% of people are worried, to some extent, about the security of their personal data online (YouGov, 2016).

  16. Only 1 in 4 people say they trust businesses with their personal information (ICO, 2016).

  17. A recent report by CIM, found that 57% of people say they do not trust an organisation to use their data responsibly.

  18. 79% of people are concerned about their online privacy (Raconteur, 2015).

  19. Digital Catapult reported that 94% of us would like to be in more control of the data we share.

  20. And given that only 16% of people say they always read T&Cs, it’s no surprise that 92% say they do not understand how their personal information is used (CIM, 2016).

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