Beset by investigations, accusations and negative publicity, data harvesters Cambridge Analytica are to close their doors, leaving a social media industry in crisis in its wake. In a tumultuous few months the firm drove home to companies the vital importance in which many people hold their personal data- and the sort of crisis that can overcome those perceived to have misused it. A poll from Accenture reveals today that 71% of respondents now distrust social media sites to hold their data, with a separate review by Business Insider revealing 81% of Facebook users now have little or no trust in the handling of their data. By comparison, 48% of Snapchat users and 58% of LinkedIn users claimed to have at least moderate confidence in their data security. Surveys show that 54% of those polled saw no value in letting companies hold their data, and out of all categories mentioned, respondents only distrusted marketing companies more (75%)- while dating sides narrowly fell into third place at 70%.
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