Company Profile/

Assurant is a global leader in risk management solutions, helping protect where people live and the goods they buy. Millions of consumers count on Assurant’s innovative products, services and support for major purchases like homes, cars, appliances, mobile devices and funerals.

Assurant partners with leading companies that make, sell or finance those purchases to take great care of their customers and help their business grow.

A member of the Fortune 500, Assurant has a market presence in 16 countries worldwide. As of September 30, 2017, the company had $32 billion in assets and $6 billion in annualized revenue.

MEF Minute/

Government vs Surveillance Capitalism – Which do people need to worry about?

Michael Becker, co-author of the recent MEF consumer Trust Report and strategic advisor to Assurant here takes a deep dive into the concepts of state sponsored monitoring and “surveillance capitalism” asking; how worried we should really be about both and what practical actions can be taken to protect our digital identities?

Last week I stumbled across two articles that got me thinking…

Attitudes towards digital identity & personal information: what we do and don’t know

MEF’s recently published 5th annual Global Consumer Trust Study probes the attitudes of smartphone users across ten markets to provide insights into their views on smartphones, connected devices and related services in the context of trust, privacy and personal information. Co-author of the report Michael Becker here discusses the spectrum of attitudes uncovered by the research, and identifies 6 distinct groups of users.

Digital is a way of life, from online news and entertainment, online shopping and social engagement, to employment, no one and no activity is immune to the impact that digital has on everyday life and the world’s economies.

The Grand Awakening

MEF’s 5th annual Global Consumer Trust Study launched last week and probes the attitudes of smartphone users across ten markets (Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and the U.S.) to provide insights into their views on smartphones, connected devices and related services as relates to trust, privacy and personal information. Co-author of the report Michael Becker talks about the study’s findings as a grand awakening.

We’ve reached a tipping point. A grand awakening is unfolding throughout the world where people are realizing the extent to which their personal data and privacy are being compromised. This is instigating a wave of action by consumers to take action to protect their digital identity.

Understanding attitudes towards digital identity and personal information

Michael Becker, an expert advisor on identity & personal information management solutions, outlines the findings of a new paper from MEF and Assurant that takes a closer look at UK smartphone user’s attitudes towards their personal information and privacy in the post GDPR age.

Worldwide and with a mixture of interest and trepidation, people are awakening to the fact that their identity and personal data are being used for a myriad of social and commercial purposes. For instance, on the one hand, people are increasingly recognising that their digital identities and personal data are being leveraged by industry actors to personalise products and services that create convenient experiences and enhance value.