On Tuesday, New York State (NYS) customer protection officials launched a data privacy consumer survey to give New Yorkers the chance to give their opinion on current data privacy issues and to influence future policies.

The initiative comes as an investigation being led by New York State suggests that Facebook is accessing personal data without the users’ consent.

Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo has said:

“In the Digital Age, nearly every New Yorker has an online presence and consumers are an important resource for identifying ways to make the internet safer,”

“This survey will provide policymakers with important insight into data privacy issues that will inform our efforts to create effective policy that prevents online companies from misusing or abusing personal data,” he added.

The survey asks NYS residents about their knowledge of privacy settings on their smart devices, their knowledge about the data they share with social media networks and asks them what policies would help to make them feel safer online.

Senator Kevin Thomas of NYS has praised the campaign in a statement:

“I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Division of Consumer Protection for taking a hard look at privacy policies for popular online companies. By hearing directly from New Yorkers about their online practices, we can develop and enact rules and regulations that strengthen consumer protections.”

Consumer protection officials strongly recommend that New Yorkers to check their privacy settings and ensure they know what information is readily available online and act accordingly.