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DATA PROTECTION SURVEY SHOWS THAT VIRTUALLY ALL LOCAL STUDENTS USE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AND 40% DO NOT USE PRIVACY CONTROLS

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, as the Data Protection Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) undertook a survey on the use of Social Networking Sites (“SNS”) and privacy amongst students from local schools for the third consecutive year. The key findings of the survey can be summarised as follows:

  • ·84% of Year 7 students use SNS;
  • ·Virtually all local students over 11 use SNS and 74% use them daily;
  • ·There has been an improvement in privacy practices amongst Year 9 students;
  • ·40% of all students hardly ever, or never, use appropriate privacy controls;
  • ·Risks to privacy arise from the unauthorised disclosure and interception of photographs;
  • ·1 in 5 students reveal information about others without their consent;
  • ·93% of all students use access controls on their mobile phones;
  • ·Students decrease their use of privacy controls when using SNS the older they get and;
  • ·Students aged 17 and over from the Gibraltar College are the least secure when using SNS and locking mobile devices.

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