one in three French people would like to leave the Internet

Private life: one in three French people would like to unsubscribe from the internet

According to a new study, online presence haunts the French a little less than the Americans, but some of them would make their data disappear from the web if they could.

You would no longer have a presence on the net would you be interested in it? In short, this is the question NordVPN asked itself during a study that questioned a thousand French people and while it is not a problem for many, 31% of respondents say they would cancel their internet presence if they could. For comparison, this is the case with 55% of Americans.

Several reasons are cited, most notably the collection of their personal data by third parties for 44% of them. The same part of the population fears that their device will end up being hacked. More generally, 34% of respondents do not trust the Internet and 20% believe they spend too much time on it. It should be noted, however, that, unlike other countries surveyed, no French respondent mentioned privacy or cyberbullying issues.

51% of French people would especially want to delete their banking information from the web, particularly for fear that hackers could access it. Other information is of concern, such as personal messages and emails (44%), social media accounts (38%), medical information (35%), or sex life details (26%). The protection of privacy and reputation rather go hand in hand for the inhabitants of France: 33% of them would like to cancel an embarrassing moment and 35% would like to see unflattering photos or videos disappear. Finally, 30% of respondents want their old social media or dating site accounts to no longer appear online.

However, we seem more aware than other neighboring countries of how we can manage our data. According to the study, 21% of French people say they know how to remove all their personal information from the web, which is more than in other countries surveyed, and 36% of French people say they know how to delete some of it.

Which doesn’t stop you from being curious. In fact, the study also looked at what internet users wanted to know about a person around them. Self “the French are less curious than their neighbors (52.3% answered “none”)“, Some data are more interesting than others. First come the accounts on social networks (17%), then the history of previous employers (15%). Text messages and personal emails (13%), employment information (12%), banking information (11%), and information about love and sex life (10%) complete the list.

NordVPN offers solutions that promise privacy protection, the company obviously looked into the price of the latter. For the majority (64.9%) of the respondents, they are unwilling to pay a cent to remain anonymous. Among the French ready to pay, 23% of Internet users could pay up to 100 euros and 2 euros would also be willing to invest more than 1000 euros.

This article was taken from the Univers FreeBox website

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