A Majority of Canadians Feel Their Personal Data is Vulnerable to Security Breach

A report released earlier this month has indicated that the majority of Canadians believe the personal data the government holds on them, is vulnerable to a security breach.

The study, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Accenture Cyber, indicated that Canadians feel distrustful of their data in the hands of municipal, provincial and federal governments.

A total of 54 percent of Canadians believe that personal information held by the federal government is vulnerable to a security breach. 20 percent of those surveyed feel they are “very vulnerable” and 33 percent feel they are “somewhat vulnerable,” according to the results of the survey.

iStock_000079940773_Small-370x246Albertans feel most distrustful of their governments, as 62 percent of those in the province report feeling vulnerable, followed by those from British Columbia (58 percent), Ontario (55 percent), and Atlantic Canada (53 percent).

Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba tied for last place with 49 percent feeling their data could be compromised.

On average, the results also say that women feel more vulnerable than men, and older Canadians are more skeptical of the safety of their data than younger ones.

Canadians are least likely to trust their personal data in the hands of their municipal government, and more than half of those surveyed believe their personal healthcare records at doctors’ offices and hospitals are open to breach, as well as provincial data like confidential data stored for drivers’ licenses, health cards and birth certificates.

“We are in a new digital age, where it is difficult to understand who has our personal and confidential information and how it is stored or protected,” said Dave Telka, Canadian Federal Digital lead for Accenture.

“Given that there is an ever-increasing demand for digital services from government because of the strong benefits to society, it’s clear that more work must be done to communicate today’s cyber security challenges, how governments are confronting them, and the role of both citizens and governments to keep information safe,” he added.

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