Eurobarometer 83.1 (2015)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • European Commission, Brussels
Other Title
  • Europeans in 2015, Data Protection and the Internet (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; Directorate General Communication COMM.A.1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Aisa, Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP DK, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany (Data Collector)
  • TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia (Data Collector)
  • Behaviour & Attitudes, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece (Data Collector)
  • TNS Spain, Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (Data Collector)
  • TNS Italia, Milan, Italy (Data Collector)
  • CYMAR Market Research, Nicosia, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia (Data Collector)
  • TNS LT, Vilnius, Lithuania (Data Collector)
  • TNS ILReS, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • MISCO, Valletta, Malta (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • ipr Umfrageforschung, Vienna, Austria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Polska, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sifo, Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • TNS opinion, Brussels (international co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Information society
    • Legislation
  • Abstract

    Attitudes towards the EU. Protection of online personal data. Topics: 1. Attitudes towards the EU: life satisfaction; frequency of discussions about political matters on national, European, and local level; assessment of the current situation of the national economy; expected development of the national economy in the next twelve months; most important problems in the own country, personally, and in the EU; general direction things are going in the own country and in the EU; trust in selected institutions: national government, national parliament, European Union; EU image; attitude towards the following issues: European economic and monetary union with one currency, common European defence and security policy, free trade and investment agreement between the EU and the USA, common European migration policy, common European energy policy; optimism about the future of the EU. 2. Protection of online personal data: internet use at home, at work, at school; frequency of the following online activities: use social networks, buy goods or services, use instant messaging or chat websites, use peer-to-peer software or sites to exchange movies etc., make or receive phone or video calls, banking, play games; approval of the following statements: national government asks increasingly for personal information of citizens, feeling of obligation to provide personal information online, provision of personal information as a precondition for obtaining certain products or services, respondent does not bother much with the provision of personal information, provision of personal information as an increasing part of modern life, willingness to provide personal information in return for free online services; main reasons for providing personal information online; feeling of control over personal information provided online; extent of concern about not having complete control; awareness of recent revelations about government agencies collecting personal data for the purpose of national security; impact of these revelations on personal trust regarding the use of online personal data; most serious risks of providing personal information online; attempts made to change the privacy settings of the personal profile on an online social network; assessment of the changes as easy; reasons for not changing; preferred persons or authorities to ensure the safety of online personal data; concern about the recording of everyday life activities: on the internet, in public spaces, in private spaces, via mobile phone, via payment cards, via store or loyalty cards; awareness of the conditions of collection and the further use of personal data provided online; attention payed to privacy statements on the internet; reasons for not paying attention; feeling of discomfort regarding tailored advertisements or content based on personal online activity; attitude towards the requirement of an explicit personal approval before collecting or processing personal information; trust in selected institutions with regard to protecting personal information: national public authorities, European institutions, banks and financial institutions, health and medical institutions, shops and stores, online businesses, phone companies and internet service providers; concern about personal data being used for different purposes without personal consent; importance of the possibility to transfer personal data in the case of change of online service provider; desire to be informed if personal data are stolen; preferred authorities to inform users in case personal information are stolen; importance of equal rights and protections over personal data regardless of the country in which the authority or company is located; preferred level on which the enforcement of the rules on personal data protection should be dealt with: European, national, regional or local; knowledge of a public authority in the own country responsible for protecting citizens’ rights regarding personal data; preferred body to address a complaint to regarding problems concerning the protection of personal data; data most concerned about when lost or stolen: data stored on mobile phone or tablet, data stored online in the cloud, data stored on PC. Demography: nationality; left-right self-placement; marital status; family situation; age at end of education; sex; age; occupation; professional position; type of community; household composition and household size; possession of durable goods (entertainment electronics, Internet connection, possession of a car, a flat/a house have finished paying for or still paying for); financial difficulties during the last year; Internet use (at home, at work, at school); self-reported belonging to the working class, the middle class or the upper class of society; own voice counts in the own country and in the EU. Additionally coded was: country; date of interview; time of the beginning of the interview; duration of the interview; number of persons present during the interview; respondent cooperation; size of locality; region; weighting factor; language of the interview; nation group.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-02-28 / 2015-03-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Slovakia (SK)
Sampled Universe
Population of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States and other EU nationals, resident in each of the 28 Member States and aged 15 years and over.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Stratified Random Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview Face-to-face interview: CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 27980
    Number of Variables: 448
Module QA asks a subset of Standard Eurobarometer trend questions with last appearance in the context of Eurobarometer 82.3 (ZA5932). Module QB on ´Data Protection´ partly replicates questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 74.3 (ZA5450). Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3, the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P6 (SIZE OF COMMUNITY) has changed considerably, except for Germany. Categories for all other countries have been harmonized among each other to three values (Rural area - Towns and suburbs/small urban area - cities/large urban areas). Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3 the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P7 (REGION) has changed for some countries, in particular introducing NUTS categories for Ireland, Estonia, and Croatia. No data are available for protocol items p8 (postal code), p9 (sample point), p10 (interviewer number) and p11. A dataset update has been provided by TNS and weighting variable WEXTRA (WEIGHT EXTRAPOLATED POPULATION 15+) has subsequently been merged into the dataset release (v2.0.0) by the archive.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5964 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12340
  • European Commission: Special Eurobarometer 430. Europeans in 2015: Results per country. Survey conducted by TNS opinion & social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General Communication. Survey coordinated by the Directorate-General Communication ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit. Brussels, March 2015.
  • European Commission: Special Eurobarometer 431. Data protection. Survey conducted by TNS opinion & social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST). Survey coordinated by the Directorate-General Communication ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit. Brussels, June 2015.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2018-08-10