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PRIVACY AWARENESS SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

The Privacy Awareness School Campaign (the “PASC”) was first initiated during the academic year 2013/2014 and has since been repeated on an annual basis, in cooperation with the Department of Education. The PASC aims to examine the relationship between the use of digital technology and privacy matters and allows the Division to identify any key changes or behavioural trends in privacy practices in this regard, amongst students in Gibraltar.

The PASC comprises of the delivery of an interactive presentation to target groups followed by a Q&A session. The students are also asked to complete a multiple-choice privacy survey and the key conclusions and comparative analysis are provided in the below-linked reports:

The survey forms part of the Information Commissioner’s “Control Your Privacy” campaign, the aim of which is to provide different sectors of the community, including school children, with information about data protection and privacy rights.

The survey, carried out in schools in Gibraltar during the 2020/21 academic year examines the relationship between the use of digital technology and privacy matters amongst Year 5, 7, 9 and 11 students.

The information gathered from the survey has been analysed and features in the Information Commissioner’s report which also highlights key changes and/or behavioural trends in privacy practices amongst students in Gibraltar when using digital technology, in particular, Social Networking Sites (“SNS”). 

Two privacy awareness surveys were carried out in schools in Gibraltar during the 2019/20 academic year. One of the surveys was aimed at year 5 students, whilst the other was aimed at year 7, 9 and 11 students.

The surveys examined the relationship between the use of new digital technology and privacy matters. This initiative forms part of the Information Commissioner’s (the “Commissioner”) awareness raising programme for schools, conducted in cooperation with the Department of Education.

The Privacy Awareness Survey carried out in schools in Gibraltar during the 2018/19 academic year examined the relationship between the use of new digital technology, social networking sites (“SNS”) and privacy matters and formed part of an awareness raising programme for schools, organised by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, as the Information Commissioner, in cooperation with the Department of Education.

The key findings of the survey can be summarised as follows: 

  • Virtually all students use SNS including 99% of Year 7 Students.
  • Daily use of SNS for private messaging increases with age.
  • Use of SNS to post comments by Year 11 Students has decreased.
  • Use of SNS to post photos or videos by students has marginally decreased.
  • In keeping with previous year’s results, the Year 11 Students continue to be the year group that use privacy controls the most. The use of privacy controls on SNS by the Year 7 Students has dropped by 11% from last year.
  • There is a continued risk to privacy from ‘media rich’ SNS such as WhatsApp.
  • 86% of all students surveyed reveal information about others without their consent.
  • Students are increasingly using security features such as a PIN to protect access to their mobile devices, however Year 7 Students are the least secure in this regard. 86% of all students surveyed reveal information about others without their consent.
  • The emergence of online console gaming apps poses potential risks to the younger users.

Please use the links below to download the Press Release and School Report.

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:

  • Virtually all students use SNS including 92% of Year 7 Students.
  • SNS is used mostly for private messaging and its use grows as students get older.
  • Use of SNS to post images or comments by Year 7 and Year 9 Students is decreasing.
  • 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.
  • There is an increased risk to privacy from ‘media rich’ SNS.
  • Three quarters of students reveal information about others without their consent.
  • 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.

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.

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.

DATA PROTECTION SURVEY SHOWS THAT VIRTUALLY ALL LOCAL STUDENTS AGED 11 AND OVER USE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

This year the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, as the Data Protection Commissioner undertook its second schools survey on the use of Social Networking Sites (“SNS”) and privacy. In summary, the key findings of the survey are the following:

• 97% of Year 7 students use SNS

• Virtually all local students over 11 use SNS and 3 quarters use it daily

• 37% of the students hardly ever, or never use appropriate privacy controls

• Risks to privacy from the unauthorised disclosure and interception of photographs

• 1 in 4 students reveal information about others without their consent

• 9 out of 10 students use access controls on their mobile phones

• Students increase their use of SNS as they get older

• Year 9 students are the least secure when using SNS and portable devices.

DATA PROTECTION SURVEY SHOWS THAT 92% OF 11-12 YEAR OLDS REGULARLY USE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

As part of its Control Your Privacy Campaign, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, acting as the Data Protection Commissioner, and with the co-operation of the Department of Education, carried out a of survey of the Year 7 students of Bishop Fitzgerald Middle School, St. Anne’s Middle School, Sacred Heart Middle School, St. Joseph’s Middle School and Loreto Convent. The survey comprised 378 students, consisting of 192 boys and 186 girls, between the ages of 11 and 12. The survey was carried out during the months of February and March 2014.

The purpose of the survey was to obtain an understanding on the extent of use of social networking sites (“SNS”) amongst children in Year 7 schools. Additionally, the survey served to learn about their habits with regards to SNS, in particular, which SNS are being used, the reasons and frequency of use, and the extent to which available privacy controls are being used. Finally, the survey also enabled the Commissioner to establish the extent to which those using mobile devices, use available security, namely password or PIN.