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Mobiles top choice for accessing internet

More than 80 per cent of people aged 16 to 74 in the European Union used the internet in 2016 with 79 per cent of users mostly using smart phones for access.

They were followed by laptops or netbooks (64 per cent), desktop computers (54 per cent) and tablet computers (44 per cent).

In Cyprus, over the last three months, only 29 per cent of internet users mostly used a desktop computer while 88 per cent used a mobile phone.

Cyprus’ mobile phone use for internet access was the second highest in the EU, after Spain at 93 per cent.

Mobile phones or smartphones were the devices most used in 2016 by internet surfers in every EU member state, except for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia where it was laptops or netbooks.

During the last twelve months, more than 70 per cent of internet users in the EU provided some kind of personal information online, many of them undertaking different actions to control access to this personal information on the internet. Almost half of them (46 per cent) refused to allow the use of personal information for advertising and 40 per cent limited access to their profile or content on social networking sites.

In Cyprus 61 per cent of internet users over the last twelve months provided personal information, 22 per cent claim they read privacy policy statements, 16 per cent restricted access to geographical location, 34 per cent have limited access to their profile or content on social networks and 26 per cent refused to allow the use of personal information for advertising.

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