Magazine article New Zealand Management

In Box: Kiwis Value Privacy

Magazine article New Zealand Management

In Box: Kiwis Value Privacy

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New Zealanders won't tolerate privacy breaches no matter the circumstances, according to a recent Unisys Security Index study.

The study, conducted by Consumerlink, showed that 80 percent of Kiwis surveyed would cease dealings with businesses and other organisations if they became aware that their personal information had been accessed by unauthorised people.

It also found that 48 percent would publically expose the issue and 36 percent said they would take legal action.

"New Zealanders are telling us that unauthorised access to their personal information will be viewed as a fundamental breach of trust with significant consequences," said Unisys New Zealand managing director Brett Hodgson. "These findings are a warning to any organisation holding personal data that customers will walk away if they become aware that their private information has been accessed by unauthorised people -- whether accidentally or as part of a malicious attack. Data breaches can have a direct impact on the bottom line. …

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