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We 'Like' this: Irish are fourth biggest users of social networks

The European survey also finds that over 80 per cent of us believe that disclosure of personal information is now part of modern life.

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IRISH PEOPLE ARE some of those most likely in Europe to access social networks such as Facebook and Twitter according to a new survey.

Some 68 per cent of us who use the internet are likely to use social networks, the fourth highest in Europe, with Irish people the third most likely to share photographs and videos online, according to the Eurobarometer survey.

Hungary topped the poll with 80 per cent of those surveyed in the east European country found to use social networks when accessing the internet followed by Latvia (73 per cent), Malta (71 per cent), and then Ireland.

Some 82 per cent of Irish people believed that disclosing personal information is an increasing part of modern life.

The survey of 26,574 Europeans by the European Commission body focused on people’s attitudes towards online privacy and data protection ahead of planned reforms of EU data protection rules.

It found that 89 per cent of Irish people believe details such as bank accounts and salaries were personal, well above the EU average of 75 per cent.

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Health and medical information were also found to be precious with 93 per cent of Irish people saying they believed such details were private compared to the EU average of 74 per cent.

Irish people were also found to be the fifth most informed about the consequences of revealing personal information online but 15 per cent said they did nothing to protect their identifies online.

Around 57 per cent of Irish people gave the minimum data required to register for an online service while 74 per cent per cent of people said they wanted to be able to delete personal information when they liked.

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