In the light of the recent news on the approval of the IP Bill by David Anderson, it is crucial to understand public’s opinion and concerns about government surveillance, data privacy and security. Even if such scrutiny measures are only harvesting large quantities of data from the Internet and emails (bulk interception), the public needs to be aware of the government’s actions and their right to privacy.
Earlier this year, Comparitech.com commissioned a survey of 1,000 people across the United Kingdom which questioned respondents on government bulk surveillance and the sale of their personal data to third parties. Part of the survey results unveiled that:
- 79.3% of respondents say they would not pay a premium for any of the major social networks or Google in exchange for a guarantee that their private information would not be sold to third parties.
- 47.1 % of the UK survey takers said they think the the government currently snoops on their data.
- When asked in what scenarios the government should be legally allowed to intercept any communications, 77.2% of respondents answered “terrorism” and 64.9% replied “criminal activity”.
Richard Patterson, Director of Comparitech.com said “The public’s lack of concern for their privacy rights, borne out by these statistics, is worrying and begs the question how much further such rights will be eroded before the realisation dawns on quite what has been sacrificed.“
For more insights and data from Comparitech’s survey visit their blog: https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/uk-supports-bulk-interception-spying/