Chinese people are widely thought to be more open to privacy issues. In most cases, they are willing to enjoy convenience and efficiency on the Internet at the price of privacy. They often hand over their personal information to various service providers.
Is that true?
They have no choice but to compromise on it
It is the age of information. There are numerous services on the Internet that bring convenience to users. Most websites and apps have privacy policies. But Internet users can’t use their services until they agree with these privacy policies. They have to provide some personal information to enjoy various services. For example, when they order takeout or a taxi, they need to expose their location info to service providers. To get more accurate news feed, they should allow others to track their reading histories. What’s worse, their shopping histories are also exposed so that they can get customized product recommendations.
Can Chinese people say no?
No, they can’t. That is to say, whether they want to or not, they can only use privacy to gain convenience.
Many Chinese are not sensitive enough to private information being collected by websites and apps
On the other hand, Chinese users have no choice but to accept these terms to use the service. As they enjoy the convenience and efficiency in your life, their information is also stored, analyzed and shared with the relevant service companies. Thus, they also hesitate whether to give up using these services or sacrifice some private data for convenience and efficiency. Most of them choose to compromise on privacy. Private data includes basic personal information, shopping habits, bank details, driving records and so on. Based on the above data, even more information such as personal income, family members and personality can be analyzed. They are nearly naked on the Internet.
Over time, they become accustomed to agreeing to these terms. They even enter their sensitive information to get services with no hesitation. So, they are no longer sensitive to such kind of information gathering.
Google allows users to customize privacy settings on their accounts
If you don’t like the way it collects your private data, you can turn it on or off in privacy settings. Although you disable some of the functions, you are still able to use various Google services. You can also delete information that you don’t want it to record. Even if Google wants to show you ads, it still allows you to choose the ads you want to watch and avoid those you don’t want to see. There are still many other settings, you can adjust them according to your needs. Isn’t is convenient and useful?
In addition, virtual private work that is widely used to protect personal privacy and security online is banned in China.
Do Chinese users care about their privacy? The answer is “Yes”. They are just blackmailed to accept information collection. If there is a choice, they also want to keep their privacy to themselves and enjoy better services on the Internet.