Findings from the EY Global Consumer Privacy Survey reveal that the pandemic is shifting consumers’ expectations of data privacy.
The privacy revolution triggered in Europe with the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) started a global transformation in consumer privacy that Canada has quickly followed. This demand for regulation, coupled with our rapidly and abruptly consolidated reliance on digital services and platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has triggered consumers to rethink what they expect in exchange for their personal data.
In this new reality, consumers not only express an interest in understanding the ways their data is collected, but also in wanting to be part of the conversation on transparency and value exchange.
The resulting message for organizations is clear: to meet the expectations of today’s consumers and anticipate their future needs, it’s time to rethink data privacy.
Our latest research, the EY Global Consumer Privacy Survey, aims to help organizations understand how those needs are evolving by examining consumers’ attitudes towards personal data sharing and analyzing the ways in which their behaviour is changing. In particular, we address three critical questions, which we believe are shaping a new era in data privacy:
- The expectation: how do consumers expect organizations to treat their data?
- The exchange: what do consumers want in return for their data?
- The evolution: how is data privacy shifting for a post-pandemic world?
So, what does this mean for businesses? We give an overview of the new data privacy landscape and outline three important ways in which business leaders can navigate it.