In the past year, 90 percent of internet users age 12 and over took measures to protect personal data on the Internet, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Tuesday. In 2016 this share was 79%.
For example, in 2020, 77 percent said they restricted or blocked access to location data and 74 percent did not allow personal data to be used for commercial purposes. In 2016 this ratio was 49 and 62 percent, respectively.
More than 60 percent of Dutch people were given limited access to profile data and checked the website’s security before leaving any personal information. Additionally, 46 percent said they had read a privacy statement to enter personal information.
The Dutch not only took action on their computers or tablets, but on their smartphones as well. For example, when installing or using an app, 70 percent denied access to personal information such as location, photos, or contact list.
People with more experience are more likely to take action
People who have experience with the Internet, computers, tablets or smartphones often take more measures to protect personal data on the Internet than people with limited experience and such equipment.
93 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 65 reported that their personal data on the Internet is protected. This percentage dropped to 81 percent for people between the ages of 65 and 75 and 70 percent for those over 75.
The Netherlands scores the best out of all 27 EU countries
The Netherlands performs very well compared to other countries. In 2020, our country had the highest percentage of Internet users between the ages of 16 and 75 who took measures to protect personal information on the Internet in all 27 European Union countries (93 percent).
The European Union average is 78 percent. In addition to the Netherlands, Austria and Finland (both 90 percent) scored well. Romania is at the bottom with 52 percent.