Cyber Security Survey: Even Bill Supporters Worry About Online Privacy

The House of Representatives recently passed a controversial cyber security bill called CISPA, which is intended to protect intellectual property and similar information online. But privacy advocates worry that it might go too far. How many are aware of the bill, and what do they think about its potential impact?

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CISPA

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 12% of respondents said that they know what CISPA is and they know it passed the house. 7% said they know what it is. Another 18% said that they have heard of CISPA. And 64% of respondents said that they have never heard of CISPA. In an April 2012 survey, 72% said they had never heard of CISPA.

Of those who are currently aware of CISPA, just 13% said they are in favor of it. 48% said they do not support the bill. And 39% said they are still undecided about it. In the April 2012 survey, 72% said they were against CISPA, 9% were for it, and 19% were undecided.

Cyber Security

In general, 17% said that they would definitely be in favor of a bill that would further protect intellectual property and similar information online. 54% said they would probably support such a bill. 19% said they would probably not be in favor of any bill that would further protect intellectual property and similar information online. And 10% said they would definitely not support any such bill.

Privacy Rights

25% of respondents said that they would definitely worry that CISPA or a similar law would negatively impact their right to online privacy. 42% said that they would probably worry about privacy issues with such a law. 27% said they would probably not have any privacy worries. And just 7% said that they wouldn’t worry about privacy issues at all. Even for those respondents who said they would support a cyber security bill, 17% said they would definitely worry about privacy issues, and 48% said they would probably worry about privacy issues.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on April 21 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.