A new survey by the Canadian Institute for Social Research and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives found that many Canadians are skeptical of the government’s new social media guidelines.
In a new poll, more than half of respondents said they would be less likely to share information online if they had to choose between their personal and professional lives.
In the poll, respondents were asked what information they would prefer to keep private and what information to share publicly.
While the poll was conducted in early January, the findings come on the heels of a new survey of 1,600 people that found that 58 per cent of respondents say they would avoid posting their personal information online.
More than a quarter of respondents were more likely to say that sharing information online would have a negative impact on them personally, and more than three quarters said sharing their private information online was likely to be a detriment to their social network.
Among the top concerns among respondents were: the possibility of having to report online activity to authorities, the fear of being harassed online, and the fear that the police would use that information to harass them online.
The survey also asked respondents about how they would respond to a government-mandated social media ban.
Respondents were asked: “In your opinion, would you be more likely or less likely than others to report an online crime if the law required you to do so?”
A majority of respondents indicated that they would probably be more reluctant to report crimes if the government required them to do it.
However, the survey also found that nearly three-quarters of respondents had experienced a criminal charge or conviction because of the posting of their information online, while nearly half of those who had reported a crime to authorities said they did not feel they had been treated fairly.
Among those who felt they had not been treated equally, one in three respondents reported that their social media activity had not helped them get the support they needed.
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