Over 50% of UK consumers will share personal data for reward points

According to finding from OnBuy.com, 54 per cent of customers would be willing to exchange their personal data in exchange for reward points. Closely behind this is financial incentives/cash rewards, which 53 per cent of UK consumers would be willing to trade their personal data for.

Interested in data, OnBuy.com analysed findings from Mindshare, who surveyed more than 6,000 people from across the UK to better understand their attitudes towards sharing personal data. Every time consumers use their smartphones, tablets and computers to engage in activities online (shopping, banking, entertainment, social media etc), they are either consciously or subconsciously increasing their digital/data footprint.

As consumers share more about their location, what they are doing at specific moments in time and what interests them, they are enabling brands to capture more information about their customers. Yet as they do so, statistics by the 'Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)' show that only in 1 in 5 UK consumers have trust or confidence in how companies store and use their personal data. These findings are further echoed by 'Callcredit UK', who found that 60 per cent of consumers want brands to be more transparent as to how their data is being used.

Cas Paton, Managing Director of OnBuy.com said, "with multiple organisations suffering from high-profile breaches, data now more than ever is a major consideration for consumers. As consumers comprehend what their data can reveal about them, organisations have a key role in alleviating any concerns they may have. All organisations should store consumer data safely and use it only when they truly feel it will improve the experience as well as the interaction with their brand. This research certainly shows that there are certain incentives which will entice UK consumers more than others to share their personal data but when organisations use incentives – they must do so responsibly and with a clear purpose".

OnBuy.com found that 60 per cent of UK consumers would be most uncomfortable sharing their private conversations from the messaging platforms they are active on. Thereafter, a consumer's search history from their web browser was the next most citied source of data that consumers would refrain from wanting to sharing at 51 per cent.

In contrast to what customers would feel most uncomfortable with sharing, OnBuy found that consumers would be least uncomfortable with sharing their personal data on fitness trackers at 36 per cent. Just ranked slightly above by 1 per cenr, 37 per cent of UK consumers would feel apprehensive sharing data on their mood.

Despite the European Union's general data protection regulation on the horizon (25th May 2018), 61 per cent of UK consumers still believe they will inevitably be giving data to more companies for the foreseeable future, meaning companies need to recognise that not all customers are happy with sharing data and so they must reward them accordingly.

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