Canada: citizens who agree that government data belongs to citizens 2017

The graph shows the share of Canadians who agree that data collected by the government should belong to citizens. The 2017 findings reveal that 75 percent of respondents agreed that data collected by governments should be owned by the citizens they collected it from, and 72 percent agreed that data generated by Canadians should be protected and regulated like a natural resource. Conversely, 27 percent of respondents agreed that data collected by governments should be given freely to the private sector in order to create products, services, jobs and economic growth.

Share of Canadian citizens who agree that data collected by the government belongs to citizens in 2017

Share of respondents
Data collected by governments should be owned by the citizens they collect it from75%
Data generated by Canadians should be protected and regulated like a natural resource72%
Private companies that use public data collected by governments should pay government a royalty fee62%
Data collected by government should be given freely to the private sector so that they can create products, services, jobs and economic growth27%
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Source

Release date

September 2017

Region

Canada

Survey time period

September 2017

Supplementary notes

The source did not provide the number or age of respondents, or type of survey.

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