Cybercrime Fears Grow among EU’s Internet Users

Most Internet users in the European Union (EU) are concerned their personal information is not kept secure by public authorities and websites, according to the region’s monitor of public opinion.

Eurobarometer, which has surveyed public opinion for the European Commission since 1973, reports that the concerns come amid a sharp rise in citizens’ fears that they could become a victim of cybercrime.

According to the survey, 85% of Internet users across the EU agreed that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime was increasing, against just 9% from a similar study conducted in 2013.

Most respondents were also concerned that their personal information was not being kept secure, with 67% saying they worried about it not being safely held by public authorities and 73% expressing concern over website security.

A total of 43% said they were mostly concerned about their personal data being misused and 42% are worried about the security of online payments.

The survey follows EU officials’ recent call on telecommunication companies to share encryption keys with EU authorities as part of an ‘anti-terror’ strategy following last month’s Paris attacks in which 17 people were killed and a series of anti-terror raids across Belgium.

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