Social media companies believed to be vulnerable

A majority of consumers are willing to walk away from businesses entirely if they suffer a data breach, with retailers most at risk, according research from Gemalto, the world provider of digital security, the company said.

Two-thirds (66%) are unlikely to shop or do business with an organization that experiences a breach where their financial and sensitive information is stolen. Retailers (62%), banks (59%), and social media sites (58%) are the most at risk of suffering consequences with consumers prepared to use their feet.

Surveying 10,500 consumers globally, Gemalto found that, across all ages, 93% are placing the blame squarely on businesses and would think about acting against them. Social media sites worry consumers most, with 61% concerned companies in this space don´t adequately protect consumer data, followed by banking websites (40%).

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Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global provider of digital security, with 2017 annual revenues of EUR3 billion and customers in over 180 countries.