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DATA PROTECTION SURVEY SHOWS SLIGHT PROGRESS IN PRIVACY AWARENESS AMONGST STUDENTS BUT FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS ARE NECESSARY

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

1. Virtually all students use SNS including 92% of Year 7 Students.

2. SNS is used mostly for private messaging and its use grows as students get older.

3. Use of SNS to post images or comments by Year 7 and Year 9 Students is decreasing.

4. There has been a marginal improvement in the use of privacy controls by the students with Year 11 Students using privacy controls the most. Although a third still don’t use controls regularly.

5. There is an increased risk to privacy from ‘media rich’ SNS.

6. Three quarters of students reveal information about others without their consent.

7. Students are increasingly using security features such as a PIN to protect access to their mobile devices, with Year 11 Students being the most secure.

The full report is available below.

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