Children are to receive jargon busting leaflets explaining how their personal data is shared with social media companies. David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab commented below.
David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab:
“We’ve seen that millennials can be unaware of the ways in which their personal data could be used by companies, and demystifying lengthy terms and conditions documents could go some way to solving that. However it is my view that people of all ages could benefit from this kind of education.
In this era of connected devices and social media we often share important information without a second thought and without fully realising the consequences should this data fall into the wrong hands.
It is important that the general public recognises the value of personal data – not just to ourselves but to would-be cybercriminals. New data protections laws are designed to make organisations more careful with our data, but regardless of this, it is important that, at an individual level, we know what information is being kept and how it’s being handled – which will also reduce the likelihood of it falling into the wrong hands. Being vigilant online – whether when using a work computer, home laptop, mobile or tablet device – needs to become second nature – like road safety. Undertaking simple steps, like regularly changing passwords, reviewing default settings on social media and using Internet security software across all devices can significantly help protect data.”