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Survey: Government slightly more likely to protect privacy

Confidence in the public sector’s ability to keep personal information secure is slightly higher than it is for the private sector, according to a new Citrix Systems survey.

The survey found that 54 percent of respondents said federal, state and local government organizations keep information safer, while the remainder had more faith in retail stores, banks and credit card companies.

Porter Novelli, which conducted the survey last spring and again last fall, asked 6,490 and 3,544 American adults, respectively, about their concerns about identity theft. Seventy-two percent said they were concerned, with that number breaking down to 37 percent who were very concerned and 35 percent somewhat concerned. Only 6 percent of respondents said they were not at all concerned.

Among those concerned about identity theft, 56 percent said they put more trust in government agencies, while respondents who said they weren’t concerned were split evenly between the public and private sectors.

The survey found few statistical differences in concern among ages, genders and locations, suggesting that concerns about data security are fairly universal.

The results were released to coincide with Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28. Started in Europe, the annual day to spread awareness about protecting personal information received attention from the House and Senate, which passed resolutions recognizing Jan. 28 as Data Privacy Day.

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance’s StaySafeOnline website, some public-sector supporters of the day include the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Newport News Public Schools, the California Public Employees Retirement System and the Arkansas Department of Information Systems.

Posted by Stephanie Kanowitz on Jan 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM


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