Headline NewsGovernment in cyberspace: UK citizens remain divided

Government in cyberspace: UK citizens remain divided

Giles Watkins, partner for KPMG’s cyber security practice, said: “Our survey reveals the inherent battle between the rights of citizens and the need for government to uphold the law in this increasingly digital age. People support the government in some ways, but not in others.”

A survey by KPMG and Censuswide has found that UK citizens are divided on the role of government in cyberspace.

Calls have been made for UK laws governing internet surveillance to be reviewed after revelations of a secret government policy justifying mass surveillance of UK users of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google.

The survey found that 76% of respondents think government needs to do more to protect their online privacy.  Additionally, 55% said government should be responsible for keeping the internet running, and 54% said the government should not interfere with the operation of the internet.

Giles Watkins, partner for KPMG’s cyber security practice, said: “Our survey reveals the inherent battle between the rights of citizens and the need for government to uphold the law in this increasingly digital age. People support the government in some ways, but not in others.” 

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