Poll results: % of mobiles that contain personal data
We recently conducted a poll asking ‘What % of second hand mobile phones do you think contains personal data from its previous owner?’ The results are as follows:
- 7.69% of you said less than 20%
- 30.77% said 20-30%
- 15.38% said 40-49%
- 7.69% said 50-59%
- 38.46% said more than 60%
Our recent experiment revealed many people are leaving personal details on their mobile phone or SIM card, leaving them more vulnerable to identity fraud when they sold them on.
From the supporting research we found that:
A staggering 54% of mobile phones and SIM cards contained personal information!
This means 39% of our poll voters were in the right ballpark when they guessed more than 60% - well done!
Our live experiment with ethical hacker Jason Hart found the SIM cards and phones reviewed contained the following data:
Danny Harrison, CPP’s mobile data expert added, “This report is a shocking wake up call and shows how mobile phones can inadvertently cause people to be careless with their personal data. With the rapid technology advancements in the smartphone market and new models released by manufactures multiple times a year, consumers are upgrading their mobiles more than ever and it is imperative people take personal responsibility to properly manage their own data.”
To ensure personal data is wiped from a mobile phone or SIM card, anyone who is selling mobile phone should follow CPP’s top tips on removing personal information, view our press release: Second hand mobile phones contain personal data for more information.
Look out for our white paper on the experiment to find out a more detailed insight, coming soon….
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