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

Opinion on law enforcement access to digital citizen communications 2015, by age 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, sorted by age group. During the global survey, it was found that 12 percent of internet users aged under 25 strongly disagreed with law enforcement access of private communications for national security reasons.
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Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
Total32%38%19%11%
Under 2530%36%21%12%
25-3434%36%18%11%
35-4433%39%17%11%
45-5430%39%20%12%
55-6431%41%19%9%
Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
Total32%38%19%11%
Under 2530%36%21%12%
25-3434%36%18%11%
35-4433%39%17%11%
45-5430%39%20%12%
55-6431%41%19%9%
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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, sorted by age group. During the global survey, it was found that 12 percent of internet users aged under 25 strongly disagreed 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.]
Values may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

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