Internet privacy has been a constant topic in the news for months, yet, until now, relatively little attention has focused on how consumers really feel about the issue.Taking the pulse of 15,000 survey respondents in 15 different countries across the globe, our new EMC Privacy Index released today reveals how people feel about their privacy on six personal dimensions: as users of social media, as retail consumers, as customers of financial services, as medical patients with electronic medical records, as employees at work, and as citizens of their countries.Reviewing the findings, what surprised me most was the wide variation of opinion across countries, and the people in places like India and Mexico, for example, who say they are much more willing to trade some of their Internet privacy for perceived benefits—whether the ability to get faster services from companies or government agencies online, or simply for the convenience of staying in touch with friends on social media.At the opposite end of the spectrum, survey respondents voiced the most protective opinions about their privacy in my native Germany. On the question of, “Would you be willing to trade some privacy for greater convenience and ease?” fully 71 percent of respondents in Germany answered no, the strongest negative response of any of the countries we surveyed.Being German, this does not surprise me. I consider this opinion an expression of the skeptical, cautious, reserved nature that we as Germans share. It reflects our culture’s feeling that your personal data is something very personal and important that you keep really close to you, something people need to protect. Germans are convinced that the use of personal information should be restricted, and we have pretty strict laws and rules in place, where “opt-in” is the default way of doing business online. Still, there is a lack of trust in Germany about whether government does enough to protect personal privacy. In general, Germans understand that technology is moving blindingly fast and the pace of policy making moves excruciatingly slow, and struggles to keep up with the pace of change in technology.As a global company that does business in 86 different countries around the world, EMC sees many different government and industry approaches to the protection of Internet privacy around the world. The E.U., for example, is much more restrictive than the U.S. And this global variability shapes how the markets we serve are evolving. When it comes to the adoption of cloud computing, for example, we do not expect there will be one global, public cloud standard that will suit all businesses across all countries of the world. Quite the opposite, we see room for many different public cloud providers to cater to local differences, different regulatory regimes, and differences in governance of highly regulated industries, where what applies to a certain industry in Europe may not apply to that industry in Asia or the U.S.As the EMC Privacy Index reveals, when it comes to the safeguarding of Internet privacy, and the trade-offs consumers say they are willing (or not willing) to make in exchange for new services and benefits, this is definitely not a one-answer-fits-all world.
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George Vellis, the Sydney-based President of the Australian Hellenic Council has thrown his hat into the ring as an ALP preselection candidate to fight the federal seat of Barton held by Liberal Nick Varvaris.Mr Vellis’ move comes as the Australian Electoral Commission deliberates on boundary changes to the Barton electoral division that could overnight make it a notionally Labor seat. Mr Varvaris currently holds the seat by a wafer-thin majority of 0.3 per cent.The boundary changes, which will be be finalised next month, have prompted speculation that high-profile Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is considering switching from the neighbouring seat of Grayndler to challenge Varvaris, with part of the Grayndler division likely to be added to Barton.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Vellis, a long-time ALP member and activist in south Sydney, said his motivation for running as a preselection candidate was to uphold traditional Labor values and work hard for the electorate.“I am proud to stand on my track record as a community leader who has successfully lobbied federal politicians for more than 15 years, most notably in defending human rights protections for all Australians, and promoting a successful, distinctively Australian model of multiculturalism within our community.”Mr Vellis said in the last two years he had “the honour to be part of a team of community leaders who led the charge in preventing the Federal Government from weakening protections against racial vilification in the Racial Discrimination Act,” and that he had a “deep understanding” of the issues that are important to the Barton electorate, notably “job security, promoting family values, upgraded health services, improved education opportunities for our children, and safer streets.”The AHC President and passionate trade unionist described himself as “a grass roots activist” who has no time for “politics as usual”.“We live in a democracy, and that means the people are the masters; politicians the servants,” said Mr Vellis. who is the first ALP preselection candidate to be confirmed for the Barton seat.Neos Kosmos understands that Labour candidate Steve McMahon, who lost narrowly to Varvaris, at the 2013 election will not be seeking pre-selection in 2016.Vellis is likely to face competition from at least four other ALP candidates for preselection which will go to a vote of local members in March. Depending on the extent of boundary changes, Anthony Albanese is expected to make a decision on whether he will run for preselection shortly after their announcement. The AHC president said he had received assurances that the ALP National Executive would allow local democracy to decide the preselection outcome. “There needs to be due process, and it’s imperative the members have a say, and it’s not a decision made by head office,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram