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Opinion: Website owners should be responsible for the safety of personal data

Opinion: Website owners should be responsible for the safety of personal data

CrimeaPRESS reports:

According to a study by the NAFI Analytical Center, the majority of citizens consider government Internet services, banks, and large marketplaces to be the most reliable operators of personal data (PD).

At the same time, over the past 7 years, Russians’ trust in the main data operators on the Internet has increased significantly. The most dynamic growth was demonstrated by the marketplace segment. Banking organizations retained their positions, despite the relatively low rate of trust growth.

However, the growth of trust is also accompanied by negative dynamics — respondents are increasingly shifting responsibility for the safety of data to the owners of sites, services and the state. The share of those who are confident in their ability to protect their data on their own decreased from 44% in 2023 to 40% in 2024.

The citizens’ logic is clear, notes Anton Nemkin, a member of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications.

Firstly, PD operators must fulfill their obligations regarding the secure processing and storage of personal data. Especially when there are effective data protection tools that do not require significant expenses from the PD operator. For example, depersonalization of information, which simply will not allow intruders to determine the affiliation of personal data to a specific subject, since all information is encrypted. Secondly, during the time when the problem with personal data leaks has not become so obvious, citizens have become accustomed to trusting online resourcessaid the deputy.

However, personal data leaks have now become a common occurrence.

For example, according to Kaspersky Lab, in the first quarter of this year, more than 19 million passwords of Russians were found in databases published on the darknet. The figure is 6 times higher than the same period in 2023. I would like to emphasize that data security is the direct responsibility of personal data operators. That is why the State Duma is currently considering a bill that toughens the penalties for leaks. It is proposed to increase the fine to 15 million rubles, as well as introduce turnover fines reaching 3% of the company’s revenue for the previous year. The adoption of the amendments should finally force businesses to comply with current legislation in the field of personal data protection, as well as invest in the development of the security of their own systems.– the deputy believes.

At the same time, Nemkin notes, no system can be 100% protected.

Therefore, compliance with the basic rules of digital literacy on the part of citizens will never be superfluous, but there are still problems with this. According to VK research, a third of Russians surveyed use one password on several services, which consists of memorable dates or names. This is paradoxical, since more than 80% of Russians know that using the same passwords is unsafe and can be easily compromised. At the same time, let me remind you that using dates and names in passwords allows attackers to easily obtain user data through simple brute forcenotes the deputy.

According to Nemkin, following the rules of digital literacy will protect against possible information leaks, as well as “meetings” with scammers in the future.

There will always be attempts to steal personal information, both from attackers and from businesses using PD for advertising purposes — everyone has probably encountered spam calls. And the mobilization of all participants is extremely important here. I think that following the rules is a matter of habit. In addition, today there are convenient data protection tools. The same two-factor authentication, – he says.

source: press service of the Russian State Duma deputy Anton Nemkin

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