Ecommerce Consumer Trust Problems
Because they face dangers like identity theft, spyware, phishing, and spam on a day-to-day basis, direct marketers are finding it difficult to make sure that their website privacy statements and data protection systems follow the latest legal requirements and standards.
Regardless, doing so is necessary in order for them to maintain consumer confidence and continue their operations.
After all, why would anyone bother with online shopping if there's a risk of getting your credit card numbers or personal information stolen online? Something must be done in order to make online shopping safer, or else people would never warm up to the idea of e-commerce.
The numerous documented cases of scamming and identity theft certainly didn't help in bolstering the reputation of Internet business.
The report states that almost one out of three Internet users are not enjoying e-commerce's benefits because they don't believe their personal information is protected online.
Ecommerce Webshops facing Trust Problems
Approximately 15% of those that avoid shopping over the Internet are concerned about the trustworthiness of e-commerce stores, while approximately 20% had worries about personal security. Even actual supporters of the e-commerce model have a natural lack of confidence in the system.
Roughly 50% of those interviewed confessed that they shopped on the web, and of those almost 25% had reservations about doing so.
However, he stresses that "If consumers are not confident online, demand (for online shopping) will grow at a slower rate."
He then concludes that OFT must tackle these concerns immediately in order to help the online market reach its full potential.
His company is optimistic that its past experience on the matter will assist in making e-commerce a more viable method of trade in the near future.