July 8, 2020

Digital Privacy: “Report Finds Massive Drop in Canadians’ Willingness to Disclose Personal Information for Free Online Services”

From the Canadian Internet  Registration Authority (CIRA):

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) [recently 5/28] released its 2020 Canadians Deserve a Better Internet Report, which provides an overview of Canadians’ views on key digital and internet policy issues. The report will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19.

Overall, the report shows Canadians growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online. In 2019, 72 per cent of Canadians said they were willing to disclose some or a little personal information in exchange for valuable content or service. Only one year later, with the exception of online banking services, the vast majority of Canadians say they are unwilling to share their personal data in exchange for better online services.

Key Findings from Canadian Internet Users:

  • With the exception of online banking services (52%), most Canadians indicate that they are unwilling to share their personal data in exchange for better products and services:
  • 26 per cent for better video streaming services,
  • 23 per cent for social media websites,
  • 6 per cent for digital advertising
  • 15 per cent for internet-connected devices like baby monitors.
  • 83 per cent believe it is important that government data, including the personal information of Canadians, be stored and transmitted in Canada only.
  • 7-in-10 are concerned about potential cybersecurity risks from foreign-owned network technologies like Huawei Technologies.
  • 74 per cent have privacy or security concerns related to connected-home devices like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.
  • 82 per cent support a change in the Officer of the Privacy Commissioner’s legal authority that would give it powers to make orders and issue fines for companies who fail to comply with Canadian privacy law.
  • Over half of Canadians (54%) indicate that they definitely or probably came across fake news stories about Canadian politics or politicians in the lead up to, or during, the 2019 federal election.
  • 16 per cent indicate that they have used a fax machine to send documents to a government department or agency in the past year because it would not accept scanned documents by email.

Direct to Full Text Report: 2020 Canadians Deserve a Better Internet

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Hat Tip: IAPP

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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