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Spaniards prefer less technological privacy in favor of health

67% of respondents support restrictive tracking systems like those used in China

De-escalation , new normality , post-Covid-19 life or tracking are terms that we have inevitably adapted to the language this 2020. All of them are related to the technology that is increasingly taking center stage.

An increase in the relevance of this to which is added the concern for personal data and privacy . The Covid-19 pandemic has raised interest in surveillance of these.

The majority of European citizens are in favor of greater regulation to curb the impact of automation at work, according to some of the main conclusions of the second edition of the annual European Tech Insights report of the Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) of IE University.

In early 2020, prior to the confinement and expansion of SARS-CoV-2, half of Europeans surveyed by IE University pointed out that governments should not share their citizens’ medical records with companies like Google without their prior consent, “Although doing so will help develop new medical treatments and early detection of disease.”

However, the rawness of the Covid-19 has totally changed the opinion of Europeans , especially in Spain and Italy. This concern falls from 56% to 45% in the case of Spaniards and from 52% to 39% in that of Italians.

Furthermore, in January, 47% of Spaniards were willing to cut their privacy for the sake of economic growth and personal security. This figure reached 51% in April, an overall increase of 11%.

“The most significant impact of the pandemic is that the most affected countries have seen a notable decrease in concern over surveillance and data privacy, as is the case in Spain,” explains Oscar Jonsson, Academic Director of the Center for the Governance of Change at IE University.

The European Tech Insights 2020, which is what the report is called, reveals that Spaniards give their approval to greater control in tracking systems. Almost seven out of ten Spaniards support restrictive tracking systems like those used in China.

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