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Eurobarometer Poll: Online privacy a concern for EU citizens

Most citizens of the European Union believe that data transmission over the Internet is not sufficiently secure. They are increasingly using technology to protect their privacy online, a new poll of the EC reveals. The trend signifies a challenge to the current business practices of IT companies which rely on private data to offer their services.

82% of European Internet users have only little trust in personal data management over the Web, according to a Eurobarometer poll on data protection, which was issued by the Commission.

The growing awareness of the risks related to potential infringement of private information rises hand-in-hand with an increased use of technologies which are aimed at protecting the privacy of the user.

The complete results of the Eurobarometer Poll can be found as a PDF under http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_225_en.pdf


Available on the website since April 17, 2008
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