#CyberFLASH: Canada – Survey finds Canadians apathetic about online privacy

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OTTAWA – Half (49 percent) of Canadians believe it is acceptable for the government to monitor email and other online activities of Canadians in some circumstances, according to the results of a new survey released today by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the organization that manages the .CA Internet domain. When those circumstances include preventing “future terrorist attacks,” the number of Canadians who say online surveillance is acceptable jumps to 77 per cent.

Since May of this year, media outlets and stakeholder groups around the world have been consumed by the revelations that the U.S. government monitors the activities of Internet users around the world. The scandal prompted CIRA to poll Canadians for their views on the subject with the help of public opinion research firm Ipsos Reid.

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