A majority of people residing in the United Kingdom don't believe their government can keep their data secure.
That's one of the major findings of a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Covata, a firm that specializes in data-centric security solutions.
Out of 1,500 UK citizens who participated in the survey, YouGov found that only 37 percent of respondents felt their government can protect their data.
As reported by Public Technology, approximately just as many (32 percent) believed governmental departments can securely share citizens' personal information amongst one another, while even fewer than that (22 percent) said their government has the appropriate resources to defend against targeted attacks and data breaches.
Taken as a whole, more than 60 percent of UK citizens don't feel their government can defend against digital attacks or protect their data.
That prevailing sentiment comes at a time when the UK government is planning on ramping up its data sharing capabilities.
Under the Digital Economy Bill, which was introduced in July and whose measures lawmakers are set to discuss in an upcoming Public Bill Committee, the UK government would relax barriers that prevent public sectors from sharing citizens' personal information.
MPs say this data-sharing would occur only "where there is a clear need and benefit." But exactly what those circumstances would look is not apparent to Labour MP Chi Onwurah, who has criticized the Bill for a lack of public scrutiny.
"The only measures on data seem designed to extend the current public sector data sharing chaos to a complete free-for-all. Our data are at risk with this Bill. We do not own the data and we are not safe. Anyone can take them and the government decide what others should see of them."
Clearly, UK officials have some work to do when it comes to reassuring citizens about the government's data protection abilities. Let's hope they can assuage some people's fears following their discussion at the Public Bill Committee.