Internet use in 2016 - Eurostat statistics

The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) recently published statistical data about Internet access and use in the European Union (EU) which form part of the results of a survey conducted in 2016 about the usage of information and communication technologies in households and by individuals.

The data show that more than 80% of people aged between 16 and 74 years old used the Internet in 2016 on different types of devices. 79% of people used mobile phones or smartphones, 64% used laptops or netbooks, 54% used desktop computers and 44% used tablets.

The data published also revealed that 71% of Internet users provided some type of personal information online, and many indicated that they had carried out different actions to control access to this information – namely, 46% did not allow the use of personal information for advertising and 40% limited access to their profile or content on social networks.

In addition, 37% of users read information about privacy policies before providing personal information and 31% restricted access to their geographic location.

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