Why Privacy is Financial Literacy

Why Privacy is Financial Literacy: Why Privacy Must Make Its Way Into Financial Literacy Education

Privacy can be an important aspect of financial literacy and financial literacy education. Financial literacy refers to the knowledge and understanding of financial concepts and practices, and the ability to make informed decisions about financial matters. As finance becomes embedded in nearly every experience - especially throughout the digital realm - it is extremely important to help continue to educate stakeholders about key concepts and best practices in this evolving landscape. However, financial literacy and education efforts may be missing one critical component: privacy and privacy education.

Privacy can be related to financial literacy in a number of ways. For example, in the traditional financial literacy sense, it is important for individuals to understand the importance of protecting their personal information and financial data, and to be aware of the potential risks and consequences of sharing this information online. Data privacy and data protection can help to prevent bad outcomes like (theft), which can have serious consequences for individuals' financial well-being.

But let's talk about the future of financial literacy. Personal data ownership is a different piece of financial literacy, one that isn't yet mainstream but needs to be. We think your data is an asset, and it's important to understand that asset.

Individuals who are financially literate may be more aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to their personal data, and may be more likely to understand the potential financial implications of sharing their data with third parties or using it to access financial products or services. While the above may be correlated, financial literacy education isn't really even talking about privacy and personal data. That needs to change.

Since data is a personal asset, modern financial literacy education should be teaching everyone the value of personal data and the potential for it to be monetized. Further, they need to help explain how different versions of privacy can be achieved. So if your financial literacy program doesn't dive into these topics, individuals may be missing out.

Overall, privacy can be an important aspect of financial literacy and education on the topic as it can help individuals make better-informed and responsible decisions about their financial affairs and protect their financial well-being. Moreover, teaching consumers about their data is maybe the single most important thing when it comes to financial literacy in 2023. If you lead financial literacy workshops or outreach efforts, connect with us about how we can help you teach privacy and privacy education (support@mydatabanc.com) because we think financial literacy isn't complete without it.


DataBanc Editorial Staff

January 4, 2023