Brazil is the country that most suspects data theft by apps

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The Brazilian population is among those most suspicious of data collected by applications, according to the most recent edition of the MEF annual survey (acronym for Mobile Ecosystem Forum) focused on privacy and trust in the mobile ecosystem.

This survey interviewed 6,500 users in ten different countries: Brazil, China, Spain, India, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. The results obtained are for the year 2019.

According to MEF, 34% of Brazilians did not install applications with an excessive number of permissions in the past year. Among those interviewed, 48% said they avoided it only once or twice, while 18% did not care about this factor.

Only China and Spain match Brazil in terms of mistrust. In China, 25% of respondents avoided installing apps based on this criterion and 57% occasionally took this stance. Like the Brazilian population, only 18% of Chinese were not suspicious of apps. In Spanish lands, the percentages presented were 37%, 45% and 18%, respectively.

On the other hand, Japan is the country that had the highest confidence index in mobile applications during 2019. There, 38% were not suspicious of applications when downloading. Only 27% of Japanese who participated in the survey said they avoided installations frequently, while 34% had this stance only occasionally.

Mobile purchases
These habits undoubtedly have an impact on mobile commerce. Brazil is the country where this is most visible, since 79% of users failed to complete at least one purchase by cell phone in 2019 because they do not trust the company.

In this sense, South Africa comes in second, with 77%. Japan once again takes the opposite path, as 55% of respondents said they did not cancel any cell phone purchases during the past year for these reasons.