Report: 93% of Americans prefer greater data transparency from law enforcement

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A new investigative report from Mark43 reveals the need for law enforcement data transparency and data security to go hand in hand. However, nearly half (45%) of Americans do not believe their local police are transparent. And, a majority (60%) of the general population is not convinced that the police are ready to succeed in cybersecurity.

Digital transformation is underway in the public safety industry globally. Using native cloud technology provides secure and stable solutions that also provide 24/7 access to real-time data for agents, law enforcement officials and emergency dispatchers .

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A balance between transparency and data security

Data breaches within law enforcement undermine trust in both the agency and our global government. Survey results show that 83% of Americans think it is very or somewhat important to know and trust the company that processes police data. Therefore, using a cloud-native platform enables law enforcement to prioritize safety and security while highlighting the advanced level of transparency achieved through comprehensive data collection and sharing. .

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Additionally, 93% of respondents favor law enforcement sharing data with the public, compared to only 7% in favor of full confidentiality.

This survey also highlighted an unfortunate misconception about law enforcement’s use of technology. Nearly half (44%) of Americans surveyed believe the police deal with personal matters, such as texting, reading emails and browsing social media on their cellphones. While cell phones enable police to receive up-to-date crime information and directives from commanders. Officers also access critical workflows such as report writing so they can stay in the field to keep people safe.

The results indicate that most Americans believe that police need more cybersecurity capabilities for effective record and data backup, indicating a need for modern technology to protect critical information collected and stored by law enforcement. order.

Overall, this national survey highlights Americans’ strong desire for law enforcement to share more data, such as information on crime, use of force and mental health crisis response with the public. that they serve.

Methodology

A nationwide online survey of 1,020 US consumers, ages 18 and older, was conducted by Propeller Insights between July 22 and July 27, 2022.

Read the full report from Mark43.

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