Trust in organisations to store data

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Under new national security laws phone and internet records of all Australians will be held for two years. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to store your personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

 

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

Little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Security agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, local police and ASIO

53%

42%

17%

36%

22%

20%

4%

The Government

42%

54%

8%

34%

27%

27%

4%

Telecommunications companies and internet service providers

32%

63%

3%

29%

32%

31%

5%

Other private companies

20%

70%

1%

19%

28%

42%

10%

53% have a lot or some trust in security agencies to store personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse – although only 17% have a lot of trust.

A majority have little or no trust in the Government (54%), telecommunications companies and internet service providers (63%) and other private companies (70%) to safely store personal data.

Retaining telephone and internet records

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the government proposal to require telecommunications companies and internet service providers to retain records of your telephone and internet activity for intelligence and criminal investigation purposes?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

39%

31%

59%

15%

26%

Total disapprove

51%

58%

33%

80%

64%

Strongly approve

10%

6%

18%

2%

6%

Approve

29%

25%

41%

13%

20%

Disapprove

21%

22%

18%

28%

22%

Strongly disapprove

30%

36%

15%

52%

42%

Don’t know

11%

10%

9%

5%

9%

39% approve of the government proposal to require telecommunications companies and internet service providers to retain records of your telephone and internet activity for intelligence and criminal investigation purposes and 51% disapprove.

80% of Greens voters and 58% of Labor voters disapprove while 59% of Liberal/National voters approve.

64% of respondents aged 18-34 disapprove while 54% of those aged 55+ approve.

Trust in safety of personal data

Aug 12, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the government and telecommunications companies and internet service providers to store retained personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total lot/some trust

26%

18%

45%

5%

17%

Total little/no trust

68%

77%

50%

91%

82%

A lot of trust

6%

5%

11%

3%

Some trust

20%

13%

34%

5%

14%

A little trust

23%

20%

26%

23%

20%

No trust

45%

57%

24%

68%

62%

Don’t know

6%

5%

5%

4%

2%

68% say they have little or no trust in the government and telecommunications companies and internet service providers to store retained personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse and 26% have a lot or some trust.

Those with highest levels of trust were Liberal/National voters (45%) and people aged 65+ (44%).

Opinion of retaining personal information

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

37%

23%

62%

17%

26%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

49%

63%

27%

80%

60%

Don’t know

13%

14%

11%

3%

14%

49% of respondents agreed more with the statement that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society “ and 37% agreed more with “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions”.

A majority of Liberal/National voters (62%) agreed more with “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” while all other voter groups agreed more with the alternative statement.

55% of those aged 55+ also agreed more with the first statement and a majority of all other age groups agreed more with the second.