More importantly, most citizens believe that government agencies are sharing sensitive information, including social security numbers (60 percent say they believe the data have been shared), employment status (56 percent), income tax payments (51 percent) and any criminal records (64 percent).
However, many respondents expressed concern about how these organizations protect their data and privacy. The most common concerns are how the government uses data (69%), violates privacy (68%), lacks security vulnerabilities, accidental leaks (66%), external cyber attacks (65%) and government officials who have unauthorized access to their data (63%). More than half (53%) of citizens who expressed concern about at least one data sharing expressed distrust of the government.
They also believe that government agencies holding such information need to take more measures to give them confidence in the protection of their data and privacy. Agencies can solve these problems through data protection solutions that use technologies such as micro-segmentation, encryption and dynamic isolation to restrict unauthorized access to these data.