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Global trust in the Internet is in decline, survey says

The majority of Web users don't feel at ease online when it comes to privacy and security, according to a new survey of more than 24,000 people.

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Not so sure about your privacy and security online? You're not alone.

A recent survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) reveals that 83 percent of people around the world believe that there is a need for new rules about how companies and governments use personal data. And 85 percent believe that their governments should work closely with other countries and organizations to make the Internet more secure.

When asked about online privacy, 57 percent were more concerned than they were a year ago, and only a minority of people surveyed (38 percent) trusted that their activities on the Internet are not being monitored. Less than half of respondents (46 percent) believe that their activity online is not being censored. Only about a third believed that their own government is doing enough to keep their personal information safe from private companies, and vice versa.

The survey was conducted among 24,143 Web users between November 20 and December 4 2015, and included people living in 24 countries including Australia, the UK and the US.