Essential Report

Trust in organisations to store data

Oct 20, 2015

Q. Under new national security laws phone and internet records of all Australians will be held for two years. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to store your personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

Little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Total a lot/some trust Nov 2014

Security agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, local police and ASIO

49%

46%

16%

33%

24%

22%

5%

53%

The Government

40%

55%

8%

32%

28%

27%

5%

42%

Telecommunications companies and internet service providers

31%

64%

5%

26%

32%

32%

5%

32%

Other private companies

20%

73%

3%

17%

33%

40%

7%

20%

49% have a lot or some trust in security agencies to store personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse – although only 16% have a lot of trust.

A majority have little or no trust in the Government (55%), telecommunications companies and internet service providers (64%) and other private companies (73%) to safely store personal data.

Overall, trust has declined a little since this question was asked last year.

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