ISP Metadata Collection

question

Which types of data do Internet providers collect as part of metadata?

  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Photos sent
  • Time spent online
  • Websites visited
  • Not sure

Main insights

First and foremost, respondents associate metadata collection with the data of websites visited (selected by 73%). Around a half of the respondents have correctly chosen email address, IP address and time spent online as metadata collected by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). 21% of respondents appeared to have a false understanding of photos sent via Internet being collected.

If comparing results by country, Australia stands out among others with the highest scores. This might be related to the controversial metadata retention law that requires telecommunication companies to collect and retain customers metadata for at least two years.

Score by country

  • Australia

    Australia

    41%
  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    39%
  • United States

    United States

    36%
  • Canada

    Canada

    34%

Fully correct answers by country

  • Australia

    Australia

    12%
  • United States

    United States

    11%
  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    10%
  • Canada

    Canada

    9%