Retaining telephone and internet records

Feb 17, 2015

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

 

Aug 2014

Total approve

40%

33%

60%

23%

34%

39%

Total disapprove

44%

54%

28%

62%

58%

51%

Strongly approve

9%

7%

16%

1%

6%

10%

Approve

31%

26%

44%

22%

28%

29%

Disapprove

21%

24%

16%

26%

27%

21%

Strongly disapprove

23%

30%

12%

36%

31%

30%

Don’t know

16%

12%

13%

14%

8%

11%

40% (up 1% since August) 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 44% (down 7%) disapprove.

62% of Greens voters and 54% of Labor voters disapprove while 60% of Liberal/National voters approve.

52% of respondents aged 18-24 disapprove while 50% of those aged 55+ approve.

Concern about surveillance of social media

Sep 30, 2014

Q. How concerned are you about privacy and surveillance of social media? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total concerned

71%

69%

73%

76%

71%

65%

Total not concerned

25%

27%

24%

20%

26%

35%

Very concerned

28%

27%

29%

31%

27%

26%

Somewhat concerned

43%

42%

44%

45%

43%

39%

Not very concerned

19%

19%

19%

16%

18%

28%

Not at all concerned

6%

8%

5%

4%

8%

7%

Don’t know

3%

3%

3%

4%

3%

(based on the  74% of respondents who use social media)

71% of social media users were concerned about privacy and surveillance of social media.
Those most likely to be concerned were aged under 35 (76%) and university educated (77%).

Actions taken on social media

Sep 30, 2014

Q. Have you taken any of the following actions in that last 12 months because of concerns about privacy and surveillance of social media?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Increased my security settings

55%

50%

58%

60%

55%

46%

Changed the types of things I say or put up on social media

49%

47%

51%

59%

44%

42%

Removed information about myself

41%

38%

43%

51%

38%

28%

Cut back my list of friends or people I follow

39%

36%

41%

48%

36%

27%

Taken other actions

20%

20%

20%

25%

18%

16%

(based on the 74% of respondents who use social media)

A majority had taken some form of action in the last 12 months because of concerns about privacy and surveillance of social media. The most common actions taken were increasing security settings (55%) and changing the types of things said or put up on social media (49%).

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.

Trust in use of personal information

Jul 1, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to responsibly use any personal information they may have about you?

 

Total trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Not applic-able

to me

% change

 

Total trust 24 Sep 13

The medical profession

67%

32%

35%

22%

8%

2%

*

-6

73%

Law enforcement agencies

54%

19%

35%

28%

14%

3%

1%

-2

56%

Your employer

44%

18%

26%

21%

9%

3%

22%

-2

46%

Banks

44%

11%

33%

31%

21%

3%

*

-1

45%

Companies you buy things from in person

38%

4%

34%

40%

16%

5%

*

-6

44%

The Government

31%

5%

26%

32%

31%

5%

1%

31%

Companies you buy things from online

30%

4%

26%

39%

25%

4%

2%

+3

27%

Insurance companies

27%

4%

23%

37%

31%

4%

1%

+1

26%

Mobile phone and internet providers

23%

3%

20%

41%

31%

4%

1%

-6

29%

TV networks

19%

2%

17%

38%

34%

6%

2%

-1

20%

Social media sites

12%

1%

11%

29%

50%

5%

3%

12%

The most trusted people/organisations to use personal information were the medical profession (67% trust), law enforcement agencies (54%), employers (44%) and banks (44%). The least trusted were social media sites (12%) and TV networks (19%).

Since this question was asked in September last year, the main changes have been declines of 6% for the medical profession, companies you buy things from in person and mobile phone and internet providers.

Government access to phone and Internet records

Feb 18, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government being able to access your phone and internet records without a warrant?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

16%

10%

24%

11%

19%

Total disapprove

80%

88%

71%

85%

80%

Strongly approve

4%

1%

6%

3%

5%

Approve

12%

9%

18%

8%

14%

Disapprove

24%

22%

28%

24%

20%

Strongly disapprove

56%

66%

43%

61%

60%

Don’t know

4%

3%

6%

3%

1%

80% disapprove of the Australian Government being able to access their phone and internet records without a warrant and 16% approve.

Disapproval was over 70% for all demographic groups.

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