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Indians Are Willing To Share Personal Information With Their Banks, Claims Study

"There's strong evidence that consumers in India are willing to share significant personal data to improve their lives and get very targeted services and offers"

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Data security breaches were the second-biggest concern for consumers in India, behind only feeling like their complaints were not dealt with in an acceptable manner, the findings showed. Pixabay

Seven in 10 consumers in India are willing to share personal information like location data and lifestyle information with their bank and insurer in exchange for lower pricing on products and services, a new report from Accenture said on Thursday.

At the same time, nearly four out of five consumers (81 per cent) said they are very cautious about the privacy of their personal data.

Data security breaches were the second-biggest concern for consumers in India, behind only feeling like their complaints were not dealt with in an acceptable manner, the findings showed.

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“If consumers don’t see the level of personalization, offers and products they want from their banks or insurers, they will certainly look for it elsewhere,” he added. Pixabay

“The large number of people willing to share more of their personal data for more efficient services at better prices underscore the role of digital technologies in the distribution of financial services in India,” said Rishi Aurora, a managing director at Accenture who leads its Financial Services practice in the country.

“If consumers don’t see the level of personalization, offers and products they want from their banks or insurers, they will certainly look for it elsewhere,” he added.

While 29 per cent of Indian consumers surveyed go to the physical location of their bank at least once a week, 76 per cent use their smartphones or tablets to check their bank accounts at least once a week.

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At the same time, nearly four out of five consumers (81 per cent) said they are very cautious about the privacy of their personal data. 
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Nearly 66 per cent use their devices to connect with banks/insurers to learn about products and services.

“About 67 per cent of Indian consumers said they like their bank, slightly above the 62 per cent global average,” said the report.

The data was part of Accenture’s global “Financial Services Consumer” study which was based on a survey of 47,000 consumers in 28 markets, including 2,000 consumers in India.

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“There’s strong evidence that consumers in India are willing to share significant personal data to improve their lives and get very targeted services and offers,” said Piyush Singh, a managing director at Accenture who leads its Financial Services practice in Asia-Pacific and Africa.

“There’s an ocean of opportunities emerging with data analytics and personalization, but banks and insurers also need to pay close attention to growing concerns about data privacy and security and make that a top priority as they invest in new technologies and digital services,” Singh noted.(IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)