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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Some privacy concerns on the rise but Aussies laid back about security cameras

The Federal Privacy Commissioner has released results of its 2007 survey of public attitudes towards privacy.

The media release is here and the report here. (PDF)

Concerns about identity theft, particularly through the use of the internet, are on the rise; confidence in the trustworthiness of health service providers is high; nine out of ten Australians are concerned about information personal information being sent overseas; and over 70% regard government agencies with confidence.

On the other hand public trust in financial institutions has declined; and 36% have decided not to deal with a business or charity because of practices in the handling of personal information.

And perhaps surprisingly, most Australians are aware of the presence of closed circuit television cameras in various locations, but the majority is not concerned about their use.

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