However, according to the same data, 75% of Cypriots said in 2021 that they were aware that cookies can be used to track people’s online activities (an increase from 71% in 2020).
In the European Union, an average of 80% of people said they were aware of the situation (compared to 79% in 2020). This percentage was higher among those aged 16 to 24 (86%) and relatively lower among those aged 55 to 24 (74%).
In the case of Cyprus, 84% of people aged 16-24 said they were aware, compared to 54% of people aged 55-74.
Cookies are a tool for recording the actions of a user on the Internet in order to facilitate navigation but also to personalize advertising. However, cookies can also be used in such a way as to infringe the privacy of Internet users.
When it comes to changing internet browser settings to prevent or limit cookies, the highest proportion of internet users, compared to the EU average, was observed in Finland (56%), the Low (51%), followed by Germany and Luxembourg. (both 46%).
In contrast, a considerably lower proportion of Internet users have taken such action in Cyprus (11%), Romania (16%) and Bulgaria (21%).
Among EU member states, Belgian internet users were more serious about online tracking, with 51% using software to limit the ability to track online activities. They were followed by users in Malta (32%), the Netherlands (31%), Ireland (28%) and Sweden (27%).
On the other hand, the lowest percentages of users using this type of software are found in Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia (12% each).