Privacy Survey Finds Steep Drop In Canadians Willing To Exchange Data For Free Stuff

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

A new report from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) suggests Canadians are less willing to share personal data online than they used to be. The report published Thursday says the majority of Canadians refuse to surrender any personal information in exchange for access to online services. More than a quarter (26 per cent) of respondents said they’d do so for better video streaming services; 23 per cent would for social media websites, and 15 per cent for internet-connected devices such as baby monitors, according to the agency responsible for registering .ca domains. The only exception was for online banking services, where 52 per cent of respondents said they’d be willing to give up personal data.