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GDPR and personal data in France - statistics & facts

Today, more than two-thirds of French people (69 percent) claim to be attentive to the treatment of their personal data when they use the internet, proof that this concern is, in the “all-digital” age, is spreading. Although massive, this figure is still lower compared to 81 percent in April 2018, undoubtedly benefiting from the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) entering into force and the subsequent media exposure. 73 percent of companies are compliant with the new GDPR rules in 2019, investing an average of 1,000 to 10 thousand euros in the implementation of these new rules. One main motivation for companies to do so is surely the trusting relationship it can create between firms and customers.

Main players for ensuring data protection

Half of French people have already wondered in which countries their data could be stored. While no host country was in the lead in terms of preference, 34 percent would favor a French actor and 10 percent would prefer a European player to ensure the protection of their personal data. French public authorities as well as the European Union have proven to be quite trustworthy for French citizens. Most importantly, however, people themselves are considered key players in being vigilant regarding data threats.
As monitoring one's activity does seem feasible, French parents are not convinced that the government and especially social media companies are to be trusted in managing the data of their children.

Children on social media and their private behavior

While children tend to reveal their real names, age and profile pictures as they get older, some dangerous actions such as sharing their password with someone else remain scarce among youngsters. However useful private browsers and ad blockers might be, a minority of children use these tools to protect themselves online. It seems that the trust adolescents put into government and social media platforms is quite low, as most of them have had difficulties deleting content that others have posted about them. Nevertheless, about 95 percent consider the protection of their private lives online as important.

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