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DATA PROTECTION SURVEY SHOWS THAT VIRTUALLY ALL LOCAL STUDENTS USE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES BUT ONLY 41% ALWAYS 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 fourth consecutive year. The key findings of the survey can be summarised as follows:

·Virtually all local students surveyed use SNS and three quarters use them daily;

·41% of all students always use appropriate privacy controls when using SNS;

·Risks to privacy arise from the unauthorised disclosure and interception of photographs;

·17% of students always or regularly reveal information about others without consent;

·93% of all students use access controls on their mobile phones;

·Students increase their use of SNS the older they get;

·There has been an improvement in privacy practices amongst Year 11 students;

·91% of Year 7 students use SNS; and

·Year 7 Students are the least secure when using security features and locking their mobile devices.

To see the full press release and report, please download them from the links below.

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