Canadians Don't Believe the Government or Corporations Take Their Privacy Seriously

by Knowlton Thomas | Research

A majority of Canadians believe their private information is more at risk today than it was 10 years ago. And most Canadians feel that both the federal government and corporations don't take the issue of consumer privacy seriously.

Commissioned by the office of the federal privacy commissioner, a recent poll found that 70% of Canadians believe there is less privacy protection today than a decade ago. Two-thirds of Canadians feel that guarding private data will be one of the most important issues in the next 10 years.

Just 21% of Canadians believe that the government takes privacy protection seriously. Only 13% of Canadians feel that corporations take their privacy seriously.

Although Canadians express fear about online privacy, few have been victimized by it. According to the poll, only 12% say something they had posted online has negatively affected their life.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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