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About 84 percent of Indian consumers would pay more to do business with an organization that is committed to protecting their data privacy, surpassing the UK (49 percent), Germany (41 percent), Spain (36 percent), and France (17 percent), said a new report on Tuesday. The new data from Canada-based information management solutions company OpenText based on a survey of 6,000 Indian respondents highlights public uncertainty and distrust around how organizations handle their data.

Almost a quarter of Indians do not trust in the ability of third-party organizations to keep their personal information safe or private, showed the results. The survey results come at a time when there is no comprehensive data privacy law in place in the country and India is rapidly going digital. While a majority (78 percent) of Indian consumers broadly know how many organizations use, store or have access to their personal data (e.g. email address, contact number, bank details, etc.), 22 percent still “don’t have a clue” about it.

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There are numerous advantages in having the latest real-time data on hand. Pixabay

As enterprises struggle to understand the importance of data lifecycle were destructing the data is equally important to archiving or retaining it in the systems on the Cloud, only 43 percent of Indian firms are fully aware of current and upcoming data protection laws, a new report said on Thursday,

While the B2B firms are more prepared than B2C, 80 percent of organizations have a defined data retention policy, according to a joint report by Deloitte and Blancco, that provides data erasure and mobile device diagnostics software.

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There are over 1.3 billion Messenger users globally and Facebook Messenger is expected to grow to 2.4 billion users by 2021. Pinterest

As the debate rages over new WhatsApp data sharing policy, another Facebook family product called Messenger does not offer any end-to-end protection and is more prone to data breach, a security expert has claimed, adding that Messenger users should opt for safer apps first.

According to cybersecurity specialist Zak Doffman, we should stop using Facebook Messenger as there is no proper protection of our messages, reports Forbes.

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According to Pavan Duggal, one of the nation's top cyber law experts and a seasoned Supreme Court lawyer, if you are looking at complete and absolute security, you have to realise that security is a relative term. Pinterest

As millions shun WhatsApp and download new chat platforms in search for a secure experience, mind you that security is nothing but an illusion and there is no guarantee that Telegram or Signal may not be hacked in the future, especially when nation-state actors with highly sophisticated tools and huge resources are on the prowl.

Encryption is fundamentally flawed and once hackers get to know any vulnerability or bug in the whole data travel journey — apps, mobile operating system, public Wi-Fi, Cloud and the physical data centres — your personal and sensitive information is always at their mercy.

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