22 March 2011

Respondents in a  British “Yougov” survey have indicated falling confidence in the ability of government to protect personal information.

Less than half of the 2000 taking part were confident that agencies would keep their data safe. Only 36 per cent of respondents felt their local council could keep data safe. Confidence levels in government were said to be “eroding” with 32 per cent of respondents less confident that their data would be kept safe compared to this time last year. Ironically a reason given for scrapping the ID card system was that it illustrated how the British public could trust their government to appropriately handle personal information.