Online storage

* 1. Where do you consider your private data to be safer: on your computer or stored online (for instance as email attachment)?
Order the following arguments from 1 to 6, according to their relevance for you, where 1 is the one you most agree with.

* 2. When you delete a file stored on the Internet or an email in your Webmail account, what do you think happens?

* 3. Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Its initial public offering took place on August 19, 2004. In which year did the initial public offering of Google take place?

* 4. You want to open a new account with a company that provides storage space for personal documents on a server on the Internet. You have come across these two companies. Which one do you choose and why?

Company A: Offers the service for free, but their privacy policy says that they may sell, transfer or share your personal information and documents to another company.
Company B: Asks you to pay $20 per year. Their privacy policy says that they will not sell, transfer nor share any of your personal information to another companies.

* 5. Does your Webmail provider have the right to see or modify the documents you have as attachments in your email account?

* 6. Does your Webmail provider have the right to disable your account?

* 7. If your Webmail provider lost some of the data you store with them, what would your rights be?

* 8. How much do you agree with each of the following statements?

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree N/A
I try to keep local backups of every important document I store on the Internet.
I try not to store important, sensitive documents on the Internet, and instead keep them offline, on my personal computers.
Most businesses handle the personal information they collect about customers in a proper and confidential way.
If people put their private data on the Internet and it gets hacked, it is their own fault. They should know that nothing is really safe on the Internet.
There is no such thing as consumer protection service or police on the Internet whom I could turn to, if I felt that my rights were violated.
If the government had access to every document users store on the Internet, that would be a major violation of individual privacy.
Consumers have lost all control over how personal information is collected, circulated and used by companies.
Existing laws and organizational practices provide a reasonable level of protection for consumer privacy today.
It is good if the government monitors every Internet communication and all user accounts. National security comes first.

* 9. How important do you consider the data you store online (data that is private, not for public access on the Internet)?

  Very important, sensitive data Only spam or things I can live without
The private data I store online or email is:

* 10. What is your age?

* 11. What is your gender?

* 12. What is your nationality?

* 13. What country do you live in?

* 14. What is the highest education degree that you completed?

* 15. What is your profession or field of study?

* 16. How would you rate your computer skills?

* 17. What Webmail accounts do you use?

* 18. Which is the main Webmail account you use?

* 19. Do you use any of the following systems for storing your documents online?

* 20. Three survey participants will be randomly selected to win a $100 Amazon vouchers. If you want to take part in the lucky draw, please specify an email address or phone number where we could contact you. All data collected during this survey will be anonymized and aggregated. Your answers are treated confidentially and used for research purposes only. We will not use your contact information for any other purposes but to contact you to collect your prize.

If you have any questions about the use of data in this study, please do not hesitate to contact Iulia Ion: or Niharika Sachdeva: