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Public still concerned about privacy issues, study finds

Public still concerned about privacy issues, study finds 

“Our general default on technology is that it’s a good thing,” said Nik Nanos, chairman, Nanos Research. “We see technology as a way to eventually solve our problems related to health and the environment. The one dark cloud is personal.”

Fifty-three per cent of respondents believe technology is a positive force for finding solutions to climate change, while 59 per cent believe technology will help health care professionals get them the medical care they’ll need in old age.

Meanwhile, 45 per cent believe technology will create good jobs for the middle class and 42 per cent think it will create economic equality in society.

The one spot where opinion seems divided is the issue of privacy. A mere 31 per cent think technology can adequately address security concerns. Thirty-three per cent are neutral on the matter, but 34 per cent – the majority of respondents – have a negative view of the issue.

“We’re technology optimists in the big picture. But when it comes to our personal lives, we worry,” said Nanos.

The survey polled a random selection of 1,000 Canadians from Nov. 19 to 24, 2013, which an error margin of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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