Survey Shows UK Divided on Government’s Role with the Internet

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27th June 2014 13:24 - Central Government

A survey conducted by KPMG and Censuswide has found that UK citizens are divided when it comes to the government’s role in relation to the Internet.

Over three quarters (76%) of those polled think the government needs to do more to protect their online privacy.

More than half (55%) say the government should be responsible for keeping the Internet running.

However, a similar proportion (54%) believe they shouldn’t interfere with its operation.

Almost half (49%) of respondents felt their freedom of speech was inhibited because they know they’re being monitored while online. Nearly six in 10 (59%) think libel laws will limit free speech on the Internet; with a similar percentage (58%) agreeing that freedom of speech might not even exist in the virtual world.

Most of the participants questioned thought the government should be better prepared for cyber warfare, and 58% said they would like to see the government do more to fight Internet crime.

Finally, three fifths (60%) said the UK government needs to cross-border collaborate with governments from other countries to effectively fight cybercrime – as opposed to trying to do it alone.

Giles Watkins, partner for KPMG’s cyber security practice, said the poll’s results demonstrate a need for the government to work with the public to establish a clear channel of communication when it comes to sharing where threats lie, while ensuring UK citizens are protecting themselves as best as they can, too.

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