Thirty one percent of Romanian internet users gave personal information online in 2016, which is almost half of the EU average, says a study.

According to the Perceptum research, in 2016 only 15 percent of the Romanians who used the internet refused to give their personal information to be used in advertising objectives, compared with an average of 80 percent. The same percentage of Romanian internet users limited the access to others to the personal profile or their own delivered content compared with an EU average of 40 percent.

The EU statistics shows that seven in 10 Internet users with ages between 16 and 74 years are aware that via cookies they are exposed to abuses.

In Romania, only four in ten Romanians (38 percent) are aware of these files and to the offers to the site owners, a valuable feedback regarding the users’ preferences in shopping, information sources, holidays, etc.

Twenty four percent of the users read the confidentiality policies of the sites (37 percent EU average) and 70 percent of those who were online used the mobile phones/smartphones and 26 percent used the tablets.

The used data for the research were issued to the European Office of Statistics (Eurostat) during December 2016- February 2017.

Georgiana Bendre