Thursday, November 23, 2023

Majority of Russians Don’t Want to Share Personal Data with State or Businesses Because They Doubt Either Can or Will Protect Such Information

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 21 – Fifty-two percent of Russians say they don’t want to share their personal data with either government or business because they believe that neither set of institutions can or will protect it, an attitude that the Putin regime is now trying to figure out how to overcome, Kommersant reports.

            Moreover, the Moscow daily reports on the basis of government-commissioned polls, one in every three Russians says that such data when handed over to the government is used by the powers that be not for the purposes the regime says but rather to come up with new ways to keep the population under control (

            The Russian Association of Big Data which includes some of the largest data collectors says that a major reason for this distrust is that the media often carry stories about leaks and misuse of data but rarely provide examples of the ways in which such shared data work not only for Russia as a whole but for individual Russians as well.

            The Russian government has announced plans to develop a program to improve Russian attitudes about sharing personal data, but as Kommersant points out, Moscow has not announced plans to fund this effort and so there is little likelihood that popular attitudes against sharing information will do anything but get worse.

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