Are we losing control of our data?

New research shows that whilst European’s are keen to take control of their personal data, many of them feel lost in how to go about it.

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Data and privacy – they’re intertwined so much that we can’t really talk about one without the other. But as we live more and more of our lives online, so it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep control of it all. Indeed, it’s no surprise that according to new research from Kaspersky, whilst 95% of Europeans feel data privacy is important, only 52% of them feel in control of their personal data. If you’d like to learn more about this research, check out the interactive heat-map below.

So, you’ve had enough and want to take back control of your data – but what steps can you take to start your data control journey?

Step one

Sign up to HaveIBeenPwned – it’s a free service that lets you know about if email is found in data-breaches.

Step two

Speaking of data breaches, if you have accounts on sites you no longer use (I’m looking at you, MySpace) then consider deleting the account.

Step three

Invest in a password manager – they allow you to better manage your accounts and a lot of services, including our own offer free versions (with some functionality limited.)

Step four

Don’t forget about the right to erasure, better known as ‘the right to be forgotten.’ You can use it to request your data be removed from business servers.