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Canadians Split on Whether Gov’t Should Surveill E-mail

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 30, 2013

The Globe and Mail reports on a recent survey indicating Canadians are split on whether they approve of government reading their e-mail. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority commissioned the poll, in which approximately 49 percent of respondents said it was “completely unacceptable” for governments to monitor e-mail and other online activities, while approximately 47 percent said it was “acceptable in some circumstances.” Asked whether such surveillance would be appropriate if it protected against a terrorist attack, 13 percent said it would be “completely acceptable,” while 64 percent said it would be “acceptable in some circumstances.” Byron Holland writes for National Post, “Given past lessons about personal privacy, how can Canadians seem so apathetic?”
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