Europeans share data online but worry about privacy
Online privacy of personal data under question
Three out of four Europeans accept that sharing data online is now part of everyday life, but worry about how companies might use their information. It is one of the key findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on data protection and electronic identity, commissioned by the JRC together with the Directorates-General for Justice and Information Society and Media.
The survey shows that 60 % of European internet users shop online or use social networks: during their online activity, almost 90 % of these submit biographical information, while 50 % share social information and 10 % sensitive information. However, 70 % are concerned about how companies use this data and feel they have little control over it. For example, 75 % of the citizens surveyed want the possibility to delete personal information online – the so-called right to be forgotten.