Germans are concerned about misuse of data


The publication of personal data of politicians and Celebrities by a young Hacker alarmed the Republic. The latest ARD-deutschlandtrend shows that Many citizens fear for their safety on the Internet.

The positive news first: The majority of Germans are doing well economically at least. This is one of the latest ARD-deutschlandtrend, for the opinion research Institute infratest dimap this week, a representative survey has been carried out. Therefore, around eight out of ten respondents perceive their own financial situation as good or very good.

Only every Sixth perceive their own Situation as less good or bad. Including many East Germans, people with low levels of education, workers, and supporters of the right-wing populist AfD, and especially the left party.

The concern for the data

Great Unity beyond all political preferences to show the Germans when it comes to the security of private data on the Internet. The concern is that it is up to each could go as the nearly 1,000 politicians, Celebrities and journalists, the private, personal data, photos and correspondence since December, freely accessible on the Internet. The culprit: a 20-year-old from Hessen, Germany.

The many citizens to think. The security of the Internet is highlighted once more in the Public consciousness and awareness of the problem. Six out of ten Internet users do, according to Germany, the trend is very large or very concerned about data security. Only a small group of four percent, with no thoughts.

In the case of the use of many services on the Internet, the personal information is required. The majority of users of the Internet in this point skeptical. 60 percent would rather forego the use of certain services, if the disclosure of personal data is a prerequisite. 37 percent, however, take into account that personal data are required for use. Only three percent feel that the disclosure of personal data on the Internet is not a problem.

The Younger ones are more careless

The willingness to provide personal data for individual services in the case of younger Internet users is significantly greater. Among the younger citizens-to 34-years every Second person takes the disclosure of personal data in order to be able to certain services and benefits for the over 65-year-old it’s not even every Fifth.

After all, 40 percent of Internet users in Germany regularly in the passwords of your Online change, additions to, 90 percent open, according to his own admission, never E-Mail attachments from unknown senders. 83 percent of the install claims to regularly install Software Updates on computers and Smartphones.

Everywhere Changes

Not only are the digital challenges for the citizens, but also cultural changes in the country of concern. In Germany, the trend, every Second agrees with the statement that “Germany has changed more than I think it is good”. This skepticism is at AfD supporters are particularly strong, but also nearly half of the supporters of the Union, FDP and the Left are of this opinion.

Around half of the respondents worry that “our culture is lost in modern Germany”, and that the influence of Islam in Germany is to strong. Nevertheless, 54 percent are of the opinion that the conditions in Germany are an occasion to be proud of. Two-thirds find that the state and the functioning of the administration in this country. However, 82 per cent are of the opinion that the Federal government can’t enforce in many questions against the Power of the economy.

No good marks for the policy

Already many citizens are still dissatisfied with the work of the Federal government. 65 per cent of in Germany, trend of the respondents choice to legitimate to be less or not at all satisfied with the Grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. Only a good third of the electorate is with the work of the coalition very satisfied or satisfied.

As usual, infratest dimap has queried this also in January, the satisfaction with individual politicians. Angela Merkel lands in this month, number one on the list, with their work, 56 percent of the respondents are satisfied. Place the new CDU-Chairman and Merkel-the successor to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who has pushed significantly forward.

Follow her SPD Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (43 per cent), the CDU Economics Minister, Peter Altmaier (42 percent) and the social democratic foreign Minister Heiko Maas (40 percent). The SPD party and parliamentary group Chairman, Andrea Nahles must remain with the second worst value in the ARD-deutschlandtrend satisfied (25 percent).

Little movement in the case of the Sunday question

Similar to the rating of the government of workers ‘ parties continues to stagnate in the political mood of restraint for the government. If this Sunday Bundestag election, the CDU/CSU and the SPD as in the previous month to reach a vote share of 44 percent. So you would have no majority.

The Union could currently count with 29 per cent, a slight decline of one point compared to the beginning of December. The SPD is improved by one point to 15 percent. The second strongest force, the Greens unchanged at 20 percent. For the AfD would choose, like, four weeks ago, 14 percent. A percentage of both the FDP and the Left, the fittings, each with nine per cent, on a par can.