The study further shows that 72% of Belgians are concerned that their personal information is available on line, “yet the majority (59%) never read the conditions of use when they create an on-line account.” Where Facebook is concerned, 8% of respondents leave their profiles totally accessible while 18% accept friend requests from people they do not know.
“The positive note revealed by the poll is that, even if we are sometimes careless on line, we do our best to educate our children on Internet use,” added AXA Partners. Some 80% of respondents whose children are Internet users discuss their Internet behaviour with them. “The topics most frequently discussed at home are the sharing of photos on social media, the importance of protecting online privacy and the times when they are authorised to go on the Internet,” the agency said.
More generally, 66% of respondents indicated that they wished to have more tailored information to be able to protect themselves on the Internet.