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25% of EU reluctant to share personal info online

Security concerns got 44% of EU citizens aged 16-74 to limit their private internet activities in 2019

Tuba Şahin   | 16.01.2020
25% of EU reluctant to share personal info online

ANKARA

One in four EU citizens avoided providing personal information to social or professional networking services due to security concerns, according to the bloc's statistical office Thursday.  

Eurostat said in 2019, 44% of EU citizens aged between 16 to 74 claimed to have limited their private internet activities in the last 12 months due to security concerns.

"The activity which people mostly avoided because of security concerns was providing personal information to social or professional networking services (25% of population)," it said.

Security concerns prevented 19% of people from using public WiFi and 17% from downloading files such as software, apps, music, video, games or others.

It noted that 16% the EU population avoided online shopping and 13% internet banking.

Data also showed that the share of people EU citizens reported having experienced security related problems through using internet for private purposes in the last 12 months was 34% last year.

26% of population received phishing messages last year, Eurostat said.


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