Unisys, a global information technology company, has recently conducted a global survey regarding data security called the 2018 Unisys Security Index. This index measures consumer attitudes across four security categories: National Security, Financial Security, Internet Security and Personal Security.
According to the 2018 Unisys Security Index, Filipinos have ranked the highest when asked about data security concerns. Among the top concerns concluded from the survey is identity theft, where 88% of Filipino respondents expressed concern about unauthorized access or misuse of their personal information. 87% and 88% of respondents also expressed concerns regarding the use of personal data during natural disasters and bank card fraud respectively.
The survey also found that younger Filipinos aged 18-24 are more cautious with their data compared to those who are above 55 years old. Women were also more concerned about access to their personal information than men.
However, despite these results, Filipinos have also ranked first in terms of comfortability in using various forms of digital identity in verifying personal information. These include biometrics, use of a single user ID to access multiple services and use of a centralized electronic health record.
Unisys believes that this high degree of willingness in embracing advancements in data security is driven by a growing need for quick access to services during or following natural disasters. They have yet to find a correlation with other socio-political or economical factors that might explain the data found in the survey.