A new survey from the Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has revealed that nearly half of all Australians have had their data stolen or compromised. The survey assessed Aussies’ attitudes towards key privacy issues, as well as what they do to protect their information and safeguard their privacy. The survey also aimed to understand how this changed since the last report was published in 2020.
There have been some notable shifts in public awareness and attitudes toward privacy. High-profile data breaches have drawn attention to how personal information is collected and retained by companies, and why your data should be protected. The increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence and facial recognition has allowed Aussies to think deeply about how their personal data is being collected and used.
Consequently, 84% of respondents want more choice and control over how their personal information is collected and used.
47% of respondents said they’d been informed by an organisation that they had been subject to a data breach in the 12 months prior to taking the survey in 2023. Among others, the data breach statistic involved those that fell victim to the ransomware attacks on Medibank, Optus, and Latitude over the last year. Three-quarters of these respondents said they’d experienced harm as a result of the breach, with over half seeing an increase in spam or targeted scams. 29% even had to replace key government documents, like a driver's license or passport.