null How do EU citizens manage their personal data online?

27‑01‑2022

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In 2021, slightly less than three quarters (73%) of the EU citizens who used the internet for private purposes within the last 3 months prior to the survey managed access to their personal data online.

More than half (53%) of these internet users refused to allow the use of personal data for advertising, and just under half (48%) restricted or refused access to their geographical location. In addition, 40% limited access to their profile or content on social networking sites or shared online storage, while 39% read privacy policy statements before providing personal data. Only 36% checked that the website where they provided their personal data was secure.

 

Bar graph: How did EU citizens manage access to their personal data when using the internet for private purposes in 2021? % of individuals agred 16 to 74 who used the internet within the last 3 months prior to the survey

Source dataset: isoc_cisci_prv20

 

The share of people who managed access to any personal data over the internet in 2021 varied across the EU Member States. The highest shares were observed in the Netherlands and Finland (both 91%), followed by Portugal (89%).

In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Romania (56%), Poland (59%) and Slovenia (61%). 

 

Share of people who managed access to any personal data in 2021, as % of individuals aged 16 to 74 who used the internet within the last 3 months prior to the survey

Source dataset: isoc_cisci_prv20

 

This news item marks the International Data Protection Day celebrated on 28 January.


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