privacy

Are young people too willing to share personal information online? In an age of social media and mobile devices, every teenybopper with a smart phone could potentially be broadcasting to millions of people around the globe. But are they aware of the value of their personal data? Do they see that data as currency to be traded for online services?

As part of our Debating Europe Schools series, we’ve been taking questions from students from across Europe to policymakers and experts for them to answer. For today’s debate, we had questions sent in on video games in the classroom from students from the University of Leipzig and the Leuphana Universität Lünenburg, both from Germany.

Curious to know more about what young people think about online privacy? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).

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Our first question came from Charlotte, a student at the Leuphana Universität Lünenburg in Germany. She wanted to know how the internet has changed our expectations of privacy.

To get a response, we spoke to Mathilde Fiquet, EU Legal Affairs Manager for the Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA). As an organisation representing digital marketers (i.e. companies who have an active interest in gaining access to data from consumers so they can more effectively advertise to them) what would she say?

Our next question came from Dianta, a student at the University of Leipzig, also in Germany. She wanted to know whether policymakers should consider introducing courses on privacy in primary schools.

To get a reaction, we spoke to Therese Comodini Cachia, a Maltese MEP who sits with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. What would she say to Dianta?

Do young people care enough about their privacy online? Are they aware of the value of their personal data? Should children be taught the value of privacy in school? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions.

IMAGE CREDITS: CC / Flickr – Frédéric Poirot


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What do YOU think?

  1. Albert Plug

    As long as they are not bullied, stalked, or ” faceraped”, I have the impression, that they really don’t care. They seem to take the openness and thereby vulnerability for granted. And why shouldn’t they? Trust is in fact the essence of our democratic society. ;-)

  2. Ryan Lee

    No one has full privacy but as a young person I use a VPN and other software to make it as difficult as possible for them to track me ;)

  3. Nando Aidos

    Do young people care enough about their privacy online?
    Where are the young people’s answers?
    Where are the young people engaged?
    It is facebook after all!

  4. Melanie Marchant-was Terry

    Sorry is this in general, or just another EU bashing exercise for some? In general no they don’t care enough about privacy, nor do they realise how easy it is for corporations, Governments, crimimals to gather information held on the internet.

  5. Daniella Jordanni

    Considering the fact that there is no privacy anymore with all those Big Brothers watching, yes I do. I think we all should be.

    • catherine benning

      It’s Russel Brand not Russell Grant. He, Grant, is the astrologer. LOL

  6. Claus Skøtt Christensen

    Dunno about the rest of young people, but I was taught that if you put your information out there, you get to decide what people can see. The world will learn about you either way; if you try to keep it hidden, the information will just leak online anyway, and then it suddenly becomes a revelation (where it might otherwise just have been a fact). But really? There is so much data online. I suspect the risk of our personal data being remotely relevant to anyone at all is actually quite small.

  7. Paulo Especial

    EU is RIGHT in PROTECTING the disclosure of data regarding European Citizens and Companies!!!

    These, at most, should only be available to EU security entities!

  8. Emil Pavlovich

    It doesn’t matter – if somebody tries to hack your phone or to use some information and so on it can always be done no matter the protection.

  9. Kayleigh

    I don’t necessarily believe that it’s like young kids don’t care, I think some just have any knowledge of how to keep safe and have privacy online.

    • Kayleigh

      Some just don’t*

  10. Neda

    Of course we care. But you get carried away and in a few years we won’t know what personal thing of us might be found on the internet.

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