Data Privacy Fast Facts

Keep not Private

Adapted from National Cybersecurity Alliance

  • 67% of internet users in the US are not aware of their country’s privacy and data protection rules. (LegalJobsIO)
  • 47 U.S. states have nonexistent or consumer-data privacy laws only. Bills are pending in 16 states, six states have study committees or task forces, and just three states have modern data-privacy regulations. (
  • 46% of individuals feel they are unable to effectively protect their data today. (CISCO)
  • 79% of Americans online worry about companies infringing on their online privacy. (Pew)
  • 65% of the world’s population will have their personal data covered under a regional or global privacy regulation by 2023. (Gartner)
  • 76% of individuals said it’s too hard for them to understand how their information is being used. (CISCO)
  • 62% of Americans believe it is impossible to go through a day without having their data collected by companies. (Pew)
  • 57% of businesses conducted a data security risk assessment in 2020. (IDG)
  • 79% of organizations indicate that privacy laws are having a positive impact. (CISCO)
  • 86% of individuals say they care about data privacy. (CISCO)

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