The topic of data protection first aroused public interest in 1970, when Hesse passed the world's first data protection law. Due to the increasing electronic processing of data, the access rights as well as the duty of confidentiality were regulated.
Today, personal information includes more than names, addresses and customer numbers because many sensitive data, such as medical data or online banking details, is captured in the course of digitization. Therefore, in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union came into force to protect personal data, to guarantee more transparency and to create a uniform regulation for the entire EU.
But privacy can not be guaranteed exclusively by legal regulations and measures of companies. Every internet user can and should help to protect his personal data. According to a Bitkom study, 74% of German Internet users consider themselves responsible for protecting their data. Nevertheless, the three most popular passwords in Germany in 2018 were "123456", "12345" and "123456789". In addition, only 10% of German mobile users read terms and conditions before accepting them. This allows companies to access data such as the location or the contact list with unwanted consent of the user. In addition to data economy, users should regularly delete browser cookies, change all passwords and pay attention to a secure environment while surfing. This includes, inter alia, an SSL encryption and the verification of e-mails and online shops for their trustworthiness. Furthermore, due to the right to be forgotten, it is possible to have outdated unwanted results of an internet search deleted if there is no public interest. What do you already contribute to the protection of your data?