As governments discuss using technology to stop the spread of COVID-19, many Europeans are unwilling to share data about themselves with public and private bodies. These findings emerged from a EU Agency’s Fundamental Rights survey, carried out before the pandemic.
The Fundamental Rights Survey asked people about their views on sharing personal data as well as their awareness of EU data protection rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Overall, the findings on ‘Your rights matter: Data protection and privacy’ reveal that:
The EU’s data protection rules give users many safeguards. This includes Member States creating independent public authorities to protect users’ rights and to raise their rights awareness.
These rights include users’ consent to share their personal data and to inform users how organisations will use their data.
The findings also reveal some strong national differences. For example, in Belgium and Cyprus 47% of users do not read online terms and conditions, whereas in Estonia only 22% do not.
They draw on responses from 35,000 people across all EU Member States, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom. The survey ran from January to October 2019.