Our news feeds are full of stories about data privacy. But how do consumers really feel about it? There has been relentless media coverage of data privacy and security scandals. And with the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies can no longer assume they’ll get access to the data they want in order to deliver personalised, digital experiences and marketing.
In this context, Liveminds, LivingLens and Feeling Mutual joined forces to find out how people really feel about data privacy and what they think companies should do about it.
In April 2018 we gathered almost 60 minutes of video from 15 people in 48 hours - from project sign off to completion.
We asked market research industry thought leaders what they would ask consumers about online data privacy and put the following questions to the UK-based participants:
How do you feel about data privacy?
What should companies do to inspire more data openness?
How do you feel about a future in which you use your data to negotiate with companies?
The participants were recruited using Behavioural Recruitment by Liveminds. Behavioural Recruitment provides researchers with fresh research participants matched from 2 billion people. It’s a radically different approach, powered by live social data. The participants for this project were found, screened, recorded and uploaded their videos within 48 hours.
We captured their feedback using LivingLens, the world’s leading video intelligence platform. Participants took part using their own devices with their video responses feeding directly into the LivingLens platform where they were transcribed and analysed, including the identification of key themes using the platform’s analytics module. Capabilities within the platform were also used to create highlight reels and clips.
Analysis and design
Tom Woodnutt of Feeling Mutual designed the study and analysed the results. This study allowed us to showcase our rapid-research model.
Most people share their data but there are undercurrents of reluctance. Despite the benefits of ‘data openness’ (namely, personalisation and convenience), many people feel powerlessly obliged to share their data with companies and are often uncomfortable about doing so. Overall, I'd describe people's willingness to be 'data open' as 'grudging tolerance with an undercurrent of anxiety'.
Willingness to share data depends on three factors
What people get in return
How much they trust the company
How personal the data feels
Brands need to proactively broker more mutual and transparent data-relationships
Make data policies more digestible
Prioritise the information that matters most
Reassure people about data security
Be more transparent about how personal data is used
Cede control to people
Put a human face to it
Debunk the myths
Make the value exchange clear
People need reassurances to consider negotiating with companies using their data. The idea of sharing data in return for relevant communications, discounts and other forms of benefit does appeal. However, it also raises concerns about more data security issues and questions of whether sharing data might even result in less favourable terms (e.g. in terms of credit or insurance).
“I was extremely impressed that so soon after project sign-off we had 15 quality participants, who gave us 60 minutes of insightful video feedback. It's a very effective way to do research, not just in terms of quality and speed but in terms of the authenticity and richness of the video output. We would have struggled to do this without Behavioural Recruitment.”
Tom Woodnutt, CEO, Feeling Mutual
- London, United Kingdom
- Behavioral Recruitment, powered by live social data, to match fresh, genuine participants from 2 billion people worldwide.