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  • 28 October 2019 15:46

82% of Australian Consumers Would Stop Engaging with a Brand Online After a Data Breach, Reports Ping Identity

According to Annual Survey, Consumers Hold Companies Responsible for Data Protection

SYDNEY — October 28, 2019 — Ping Identity (NYSE: PING), a pioneer in Intelligent Identity, today released results from its 2019 Consumer Survey: Trust and Accountability in the Era of Breaches and Data Misuse ( The results expose how today’s environment—ripe with data misuse and large-scale security breaches — is impacting Australian consumer behaviour and relationships with service providers around the world.

- Data security is a legitimate worry for today’s Australian consumers. Approximately one half (49 per cent) of respondents report that they are more concerned about protecting their personal information than they were one year ago. This is evident by the lack of confidence consumers have in a brand’s ability to safeguard personal information.

- A data breach could be game over for a brand. A significant number of respondents (82 per cent) would stop engaging with a brand online following a data breach.

- Consumers expect companies to protect them. The expectation from 65 per cent of consumers is that a company is always responsible for protecting data. This includes when users fall victim to phishing scams or use an unencrypted Wi-Fi connection.

- Sharing of personal data is a problem for consumers. More than half of respondents (59 per cent) say a company sharing their personal data without permission is even more likely than a data breach (26 per cent) to deter them from using that brand’s products.

- Social media companies don’t instill trust. Social media companies are the least trusted among sectors, with only 25 per cent of respondents reporting they feel confident in these platforms’ ability to protect their personal information. This compares to 63 per cent of respondents reporting confidence in the ability of financial services and 57 per cent confidence in the ability of healthcare organisations to protect their personal information.

- Poor login experiences lead to cancelled service. Almost two-thirds of consumers (64 per cent) are frustrated by login experiences and almost half (48 per cent) have stopped using a device, app or service, or have left a bad review following an inconvenient login experience. Forty-three per cent of Australian and US citizens use third-party platforms such as Google or Facebook to sign on to accounts. This compares to 38 per cent of UK and 20 per cent of French respondents.

- Access to government services. 50 per cent of Australians are likely to access government services online. This compares to 37 per cent of German and UK citizens, 29 per cent of US citizens and just 25 per cent of French citizens.

“There’s no question, businesses risk losing customers and damaging their brands if they lack strong, transparent data protection practices,” said Richard Bird, chief customer information officer, Ping Identity. “With a large percentage of consumers holding companies responsible for data protection, there is a competitive advantage for organizations that deliver secure and convenient experiences through identity management—and with that, a danger for those who don’t.”

For more information, read the Ping Identity 2019 Consumer Survey: Trust and Accountability in the Era of Breaches and Data Misuse ( press release to gain a pulse on consumer mindsets across generations, geographies and more.

Survey Methodology

Ping Identity surveyed a representative sample of 4,017 adults in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France and Germany who are at least 18 years old and use at least one of these online sites or services on a regular basis: shopping, banking, movie/TV, music, government services, travel or Uber/Lyft-type apps. Additionally, respondents must have entered a minimum of one of the following on a website or app in the past 12 months: address; date of birth; phone number; credit card number; bank information; social security number; or driver’s license number. The geographic breakdown of survey respondents is as follows: U.S. - 1,004; UK - 753; Australia - 755; France - 751; Germany - 754. The survey was conducted online between July 31 and August 6, 2019. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.6%.

About Ping Identity

Ping Identity is pioneering Intelligent Identity. We help enterprises achieve Zero Trust identity-defined security and more personalised, streamlined user experiences. The Ping Intelligent Identity™ platform provides customers, employees, partners and, increasingly, IoT, with access to cloud, mobile, SaaS and on-premises applications and APIs, while also managing identity and profile data at scale. Over half of the Fortune 100 choose us for our identity expertise, open standards leadership, and partnership with companies including Microsoft and Amazon. We provide flexible options to extend hybrid IT environments and accelerate digital business initiatives with multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, access management, intelligent API security, directory and data governance capabilities. Visit


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