UK Citizens Divided on Role of Government in Cyberspace

According to a recent survey, UK citizens are divided on the role of government in cyber space.

Conducted by business consultancy KPMG and Censuswide, the survey has revealed that 76% of respondents feel more needs to be done to protect their online privacy. 55% said the government should be responsible for keeping the internet running, while 54% said the government should not be interfering with the operation of the internet.

Giles Watkins, partner for KPMG's cyber security practice said: "Our survey reveals the inherent battle between the rights of citizens and the need for government to uphold the law in this increasingly digital age.

"People support the government in some ways, but not in others."

The poll also revealed that 49% of respondents felt their freedom of speech was inhibited because they knew they were being monitored online.

The majority of those polled said the government should be better prepared for cyber warfare.

Watkins added: "Governments need to be able to protect citizens against the ever increasing threat to national and private security.

"However, to do this requires a careful approach where digital users are aware of the rationale when governments take tougher action on cyber breaches."

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