#CyberFLASH: Most fear for their online privacy, but decline to do much about it

smartphone-ap-photoAlthough a majority of people worldwide are increasingly concerned about online privacy, few choose to take added precautions to safeguard their data, according to a new poll.

The poll was conducted by Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation, and surveyed internet users in 24 countries.

A majority of 64 percent said that they were more concerned about their privacy than they were a year ago, and the same percent said they were concerned about government censoring the internet.

62 percent were concerned about government agencies from other countries monitoring their activities, while 61 percent worried about their own government and police agencies watching them.

An even greater percent, 78, worried that their personal banking information could be stolen online.

Only 36 percent would characterize information online as “very secure.”

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