From the Wires
Trusted applications of personal data could boost innovation and growth in the European economy
By: Business Wire
Nov. 7, 2012 09:03 AM
The effective and trusted deployment of personal data could be a boon to consumers and a source of massive growth in the European economy, but only if public- and private-sector organizations ensure that consumers are aware of the benefits while assuring adequate privacy controls, according to a new study, "The Value of Our Digital Identity," conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and sponsored by Liberty Global, Inc, (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK), which included a poll of 3,000 European consumers.
The report quantifies for the first time the current and potential economic value of a person's "digital identity" or the sum of all digitally available information about an individual—everything from what consumers reveal about themselves on social media to data produced by online transactions and other sources.
The economic value of applications built on the use of digital identity for both public- and private-sector organizations is expected to reach €330 billion in Europe by 2020, according to the report. BCG estimates that the consumer benefit will be more than double the organizational value—€670 billion annually by 2020—mainly stemming from reduced prices through data-driven cost synergies, time savings through self-service transactions, and the high value individuals place on free online services and mobile apps, supported at least in part by the sharing of their personal data.
Two thirds of potential value generation, €440 billion in 2020, is nevertheless at risk if stakeholders fail to establish a trusted flow of data.
"The opportunities presented by the responsible sharing of a person's digital identity are enormous, but can only be gained if digital identity is handled in a safe and transparent way," says Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty Global, Inc. "It is critical that industry takes the lead to establish a trusted platform for the flow of personal data, otherwise, significant value for consumers and industry alike will be lost."
John Rose, Senior Partner at BCG and co-author of the report, adds: "Leveraging personal data and digital identity can be a key growth driver in an overall stagnant European economy—potentially worth up to 8% of GDP by 2020. Yet our research shows that two-thirds of this value is at risk given current consumer concerns about privacy and lack of control. Our survey also suggests that it will be critical for companies, governments, and non-profit organizations to establish and execute personal data applications against crystal-clear, transparent principles of use and easy-to-use controls that are tailored to the context in which the data will be used, and for industry and regulators to collaborate on solutions that balance adequate levels of protection with practical approaches that allow for the greatest social and economic value creation."
A survey of the actual data-sharing behaviors of over 3,000 consumers conducted for the report focused on the factors that spur, and hinder, the sharing of data:
The report concludes that, in order to unlock the full value potential, business and political leaders need to embrace a new paradigm for digital identity applications:
The full report can be downloaded at http://www.lgi.com/ir-public-policy.html/.
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the leading international cable company, with operations in 13 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading television, broadband Internet, and telephony services are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connect 20 million customers who subscribe to 34 million services as of September 30, 2012.
Liberty Global's consumer brands include UPC, Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Telenet, and VTR. Our operations also include Chellomedia, our content division, UPC Business, a commercial services division, and Liberty Global Ventures, our investment fund. For more information, please visit www.lgi.com or see contact below.
About The Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 77 offices in 42 countries. For more information, please visit www.bcg.com.
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