Do You Worry About Your Privacy Online?

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You're somehow connected to the Internet all the time.

And while you're online, you're constantly sharing personal information for different sign ups, forms and even while paying parking tickets and bills.

So, it's only fair that you'd be worried about your data getting leaked if ever one of the websites you used, got hacked.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released Canada's Internet Factbook last month.

This includes statistics about Canada's online habits, perceptions and experiences. And, of course, worries about privacy.

Eighty-one per cent Canadians expressed concern about the security of their personal information held by a government department if ever that department got hacked.

The annual factbook is a vessel of information on statistics of the amount of time Canadians spend online, their purchasing habits, awareness of cybersecurity threats, social media preferences, experiences with online harassment and accessing online subscription services versus pirated content.

Turns out, 77 per cent of Canadians are concerned about cyberattacks against organizations that may have access to their personal information. Of those who use Facebook and Twitter 27 per cent don’t feel safe from cyberbullying on these platforms and more women than men have been reluctant to participate in social media/online discussions because of online harassment.

Over three quarters of Canadians are concerned about cyberattacks against organizations that may have access to their personal information,” says Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA.

As more services become web-based, organizations have a growing responsibility to secure their systems from cyber threats and protect the personal information of Canadians. This makes understanding Canada’s internet, how Canadians use it and how it can be improved, all the more important.”

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