Cypriots were among EU citizens more likely not to restrict or refuse access to personal data when downloading apps on their smartphones.
Eurostat figures show that 43% of Cypriots did not protect their data in this way, the third lowest self-data protection in the EU.
Figures released on Monday to mark Data Protection Day show that in 2018, 75% of people aged 16-74 in the European Union used a smartphone for private purposes.
Yet, 28% responded that when using or installing an app on the smartphone they never restricted or refused its access to personal data.
Moreover, 7% of smartphone users in the EU did not know it is possible to restrict or refuse access to their personal data when using or installing an app on the smartphone.
Less than one half (43%) of smartphones users reported that they had a security system that had been automatically installed or provided with the operating system of their smartphones. A further 15% had subscribed to a security system or used one that had been installed by somebody else.
Highest self-data protection in France, lowest in Czechia
Two thirds of smartphone users in Czechia (67%) never restricted or refused app access to their personal data.
They were followed by Bulgaria (49%), Cyprus and the United Kingdom (both 43%).
In contrast, only 10% of smartphone users in France never restricted or refused app access, followed by Germany (16%), the Netherlands and Luxembourg (both 17%).
Data Protection Day, celebrated on 28 January, marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s ‘Convention 108’ on the protection of personal information.
Its purpose is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection and to inform citizens of their rights and good practices, so enabling them to exercise these rights more effectively.