She said people from different ethnic groups and people of low income significantly more often had reported an experience with a form of cyber-enabled crime.
However, she warned that these findings should be regarded with caution as survey participants were selected through random sampling using the New Zealand Electoral Roll, meaning comparatively small numbers of some groups are represented, including Pasifika and Asians.
The research findings are based on an in-depth survey of 467 respondents, with two more components of the research yet to be completed before a full picture can be presented.
The second stage of the project, which will involve qualitative interviews and focus groups, is due to be completed later this year.
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