Smartphone survey reveals concerns about GCHQ hacking, security and mobile payments

Thanks to information leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden we recently discovered that Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency has some advanced smartphone spying capabilities. Using a set of tools dubbed 'Smurf Suite' the secretive organisation can remotely spy on handsets, with the ability to download or upload files, record images and sound and even switch devices on or off.

Our smartphones are intensly personal, holding all manner of detailed information about our lives, so should the intelligence services have such a high level of access? This is a question that's even more pertinent with the revelation of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which not only aims to force ISPs to record our web history but also enshrine GCHQ's power in law, giving them free reign to bypass security and intercept data as they see fit.

To find out more about what the UK public thinks about these matters we recently ran a survey asking a number of questions about smartphone usage and security. Our findings show that 55% are concerned about smartphone hacking, with 24% saying they're a breach of human rights, while 59% don't think their devices are safe from hackers and thieves.

As well as the security aspect we also asked some questions about general smartphone usage, including what operating system you use (56% have Android), how you ranked the importance of various smartphone features and how long your battery lasts (sadly, 51% get no more than a day of usage from a full charge).

Read on below for the full results.

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Total respondents 1584

Total respondents 1584

Total respondents 1584

Total respondents 1584

Total respondents 1584

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