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%).

Surveillance and Intelligence-gathering

Jul 23, 2012

Q. The Government has recently proposed a number of amendments to the laws governing surveillance and intelligence-gathering. Do you support or oppose the following suggestions?

 

Total support

Total oppose

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Extend the power of government agencies to intercept communications from major to lesser offences

40%

37%

9%

31%

21%

16%

24%

Enable government agencies to intercept messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook

40%

46%

10%

30%

26%

20%

14%

Require internet service providers to keep a record of every customers’ internet usage for 2 years

28%

57%

7%

21%

26%

31%

14%

Making it an offence not to assist government agencies with decryption e.g. reveal your password

26%

60%

8%

18%

28%

32%

15%

Allowing ASIO agents to plant or destroy material on computers if they have a warrant

27%

52%

7%

20%

23%

29%

20%

A majority of respondents were opposed to making it an offence not to assist government agencies with decryption e.g. reveal your password (60%), requiring internet service providers to keep a record of every customers’ internet usage for 2 years (57%) and allowing ASIO agents to plant or destroy material on computers if they have a warrant (52%).

They were more evenly divided over enabling government agencies to intercept messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook (40% support/46% oppose) and extending the power of government agencies to intercept communications from major to lesser offences (40% support/37% oppose).

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