Data Privacy Concerns that Stem from the Digital Divide:
Increased vulnerability: Individuals and communities with limited access to digital resources often lack the necessary safeguards to protect their personal data, making them more susceptible to data breaches and identity theft (Gilbert, 2017).
Limited Security Measures:
Unequal Protection of Personal Information:
Inadequate Internet Infrastructure: Certain areas, especially in rural and underserved regions, lack the necessary infrastructure to support high-speed internet connections, resulting in limited access to online resources (Eamon, 2004).
Lack of Understanding:
Poor risk awareness: The digital divide can lead to a lack of awareness about data privacy practices and the potential risks associated with sharing personal information online, leaving individuals at a disadvantage (Bassiouni, 2020).
Increased opt-out consumers: Concerns over data privacy can discourage individuals from engaging in online activities, limiting their ability to benefit fully from digital platforms and services (Bassiouni, 2020).
Uneven Trust in Digital Platforms:
Frustration from our current tools: the digital divide can contribute to varying levels of trust in digital platforms and online services, with marginalized groups being more skeptical due to privacy concerns (Hargittai & Marwick, 2016).
Limited Policy Comprehension:
Policy complexity: Individuals with lower digital literacy levels may struggle to understand complex privacy policies, leading to a lack of informed consent regarding data collection and usage (Bassiouni, 2020).
Exacerbating Existing Inequalities:
Lack of equity: the digital divide in data privacy disproportionately affects marginalized groups, potentially reinforcing existing social and economic inequalities (Hargittai & Marwick, 2016).