Majority of Europeans favour sharing data to end pandemic

Many Europeans say they are ready to share their personal data to free themselves from health regulations. — AFP Relaxnews

To get out of the health crisis, seven out of 10 Europeans say they are ready to share their personal data. It is seen as an opportunity to free themselves from health regulations in exchange for health, geolocation and contact data.

In June 2021, the French Senate presented a report advocating for a digital data collection platform to prevent or end future epidemics. This "toolbox" would allow the cross-referencing of data from different applications and thus take appropriate measures for each.

In France, the collection of data has caused much gnashing of teeth since the implementation of the health pass.

However, a Kaspersky study has just highlighted its positioning vis-à-vis other European countries. About 70% of respondents to this Kaspersky survey in Europe are willing to share their data in order to regain their freedom.

The lowest rate in Europe is none other than France with 59%. Surprisingly, the French are less concerned about the security of their data than their Italian, Spanish, British or Hungarian neighbours, even though 85% of them fear that their personal data could fall into the wrong hands.

Acting preventively

The profile of those in favour of collecting this data is a generational mix. On the one hand, Generation Z is the most inclined to share their data (76%), along with Millenials (73%), and on the other, people born before 1946 (72%).

The health crisis is particularly worrying and impacting these two segments of the population, who are ready to make a concession to regain freedom.

Of the 8,000 respondents from nine European countries, just under half (45%) would be willing to share their data to help the country beat the pandemic. For France, the figure is lower, at around three in 10. – AFP Relaxnews

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