Should law enforcement agencies have a right to access citizens' online communications for valid national security reasons?

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Share of respondents who agree strongly/somewhat
Tunisia84.4%
Nigeria82.4%
India81.88%
Great Britain80.49%
Sweden80.07%
Pakistan76.99%
Indonesia76.44%
Kenya75.35%
Australia74.97%
Italy71.97%
France71.25%
Total69.99%
United States69%
China66.85%
Canada65.11%
Mexico64.18%
Poland63.74%
Egypt62.21%
South Africa61.11%
Brazil58.88%
Japan57.11%
Turkey54.84%
Hong Kong54.81%
Germany53.68%
South Korea52.78%

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This statistic presents the share of global internet users who believe law enforcement should have a right to access citizens' online communications for security reasons as of December 2015, by country. During the global survey, it was found that 80 percent of internet users from Great Britain agreed with law enforcement access of private communications for national security reasons.
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Release date
March 2016
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
November 20, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Number of respondents
24,143 respondents
Age group
16-64 years
Special properties
internet users
Method of interview
Telephone interviews and online survey
Supplementary notes
Original question: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements: [Law enforcement agencies should have a right to access the content of their citizens’ online communications for valid national security reasons.]

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