A new survey of nearly 2,000 people* in the UK from Cybersecurity specialists Panda Security, has further thrown in to doubt the ability of the government to effectively track and trace pub and restaurant goers who come in to contact with the COVID-19 virus.
Despite the British Government recommending that venues notify customers that they should order food and drink to be delivered to tables through mobile applications, a massive 83% of Brits say they won’t be downloading them and will rely on traditional methods of ordering.
As the hospitality industry starts the slow process of emerging out of lockdown concerns over data privacy remain high on the agenda. Three in five (60%) of Brits say they do not want pubs or restaurants to collect their personal data while over a quarter (27%) are very concerned about data breaches.
While COVID-19 has been a trigger for the rapid digitalisation of traditionally analogue industries like hospitality, it has also brought to the fore issues of trust and competence. The survey revealed that over one third (35%) of respondents have no trust at all in the government to successfully track and trace the virus through mobile apps, compared to only 8% who have complete trust and a further 7% who have some trust.
However, while as a nation we remain sceptical about the ability for companies and governments to safely look after our own data, a significant majority (58%) still want venues to pass on data collected to authorities to aid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hervé Lambert, Global Consumer Operations Manager at Panda Security, said: “These survey findings pose a tricky challenge for both the government and the hospitality industry: How can you persuade customers to download your apps and pass on crucial data in the fight against COVID-19 when trust in data security is at an all-time low?”
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Your conclusion is wrong. People do not want Big Brother watching. It is about freedom, rights and privacy. No, the fear mongering of covid does not validate being tracked!
It is common knowledge now what the real agenda is behind the tracking, it is not health.
It isn’t apathy that would keep me from purposely downloading tracking software that can be accessed by who knows who and for how long.