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ZA5964: Eurobarometer 83.1 (2015)

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Eurobarometer 83.1 (February-March 2015): Europeans in 2015, Data Protection and the Internet
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Citation Citation European Commission, Brussels (2018): Eurobarometer 83.1 (2015). TNS opinion [producer]. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5964 Data file Version 2.0.0,
Study No.ZA5964
TitleEurobarometer 83.1 (2015)
Other Titles
  • Europeans in 2015, Data Protection and the Internet (Subtitle)
Current Version2.0.0, 2018-8-10,
Alternate IDs Alternate IDs
  •, v1-0-0
Date of Collection28.02.2015 - 09.03.2015
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • European Commission, Brussels; Directorate General Communication COMM.A.1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´


AbstractAttitudes towards the EU. Protection of online personal data. Topics: 1. Attitudes towards the EU: life satisfaction; frequency of discussions about political matters on national, European, and local level; assessment of the current situation of the national economy; expected development of the national economy in the next twelve months; most important problems in the own country, personally, and in the EU; general direction things are going in the own country and in the EU; trust in selected institutions: national government, national parliament, European Union; EU image; attitude towards the following issues: European economic and monetary union with one currency, common European defence and security policy, free trade and investment agreement between the EU and the USA, common European migration policy, common European energy policy; optimism about the future of the EU. 2. Protection of online personal data: internet use at home, at work, at school; frequency of the following online activities: use social networks, buy goods or services, use instant messaging or chat websites, use peer-to-peer software or sites to exchange movies etc., make or receive phone or video calls, banking, play games; approval of the following statements: national government asks increasingly for personal information of citizens, feeling of obligation to provide personal information online, provision of personal information as a precondition for obtaining certain products or services, respondent does not bother much with the provision of personal information, provision of personal information as an increasing part of modern life, willingness to provide personal information in return for free online services; main reasons for providing personal information online; feeling of control over personal information provided online; extent of concern about not having complete control; awareness of recent revelations about government agencies collecting personal data for the purpose of national security; impact of these revelations on personal trust regarding the use of online personal data; most serious risks of providing personal information online; attempts made to change the privacy settings of the personal profile on an online social network; assessment of the changes as easy; reasons for not changing; preferred persons or authorities to ensure the safety of online personal data; concern about the recording of everyday life activities: on the internet, in public spaces, in private spaces, via mobile phone, via payment cards, via store or loyalty cards; awareness of the conditions of collection and the further use of personal data provided online; attention payed to privacy statements on the internet; reasons for not paying attention; feeling of discomfort regarding tailored advertisements or content based on personal online activity; attitude towards the requirement of an explicit personal approval before collecting or processing personal information; trust in selected institutions with regard to protecting personal information: national public authorities, European institutions, banks and financial institutions, health and medical institutions, shops and stores, online businesses, phone companies and internet service providers; concern about personal data being used for different purposes without personal consent; importance of the possibility to transfer personal data in the case of change of online service provider; desire to be informed if personal data are stolen; preferred authorities to inform users in case personal information are stolen; importance of equal rights and protections over personal data regardless of the country in which the authority or company is located; preferred level on which the enforcement of the rules on personal data protection should be dealt with: European, national, regional or local; knowledge of a public authority in the own country responsible for protecting citizens’ rights regarding personal data; preferred body to address a complaint to regarding problems concerning the protection of personal data; data most concerned about when lost or stolen: data stored on mobile phone or tablet, data stored online in the cloud, data stored on PC. Demography: nationality; left-right self-placement; marital status; family situation; age at end of education; sex; age; occupation; professional position; type of community; household composition and household size; possession of durable goods (entertainment electronics, Internet connection, possession of a car, a flat/a house have finished paying for or still paying for); financial difficulties during the last year; Internet use (at home, at work, at school); self-reported belonging to the working class, the middle class or the upper class of society; own voice counts in the own country and in the EU. Additionally coded was: country; date of interview; time of the beginning of the interview; duration of the interview; number of persons present during the interview; respondent cooperation; size of locality; region; weighting factor; language of the interview; nation group.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • Legal system, Legislation, Law
  • International politics and organisations
  • Information society
  • Legislation and legal systems
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 9.1 Information society
  • 6.1 Legislation


Geographic Coverage
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Slovakia (SK)
UniversePopulation of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States and other EU nationals, resident in each of the 28 Member States and aged 15 years and over.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Probability Sample: Multistage Stratified Random Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Face-to-face interview Face-to-face interview: CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview)
Data CollectorTNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium; TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria; TNS Aisa, Prague, Czech Republic; TNS GALLUP DK, Copenhagen, Denmark; TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany; TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia; Behaviour & Attitudes, Dublin, Ireland; TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece; TNS Spain, Madrid, Spain; TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France; TNS Italia, Milan, Italy; CYMAR Market Research, Nicosia, Cyprus; TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia; TNS LT, Vilnius, Lithuania; TNS ILReS, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary; MISCO, Valletta, Malta; TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands; ipr Umfrageforschung, Vienna, Austria; TNS Polska, Warsaw, Poland; TNS Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal; TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania; RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia; TNS Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia; TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland; TNS Sifo, Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden; TNS UK, London, United Kingdom; HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia; TNS opinion, Brussels (international co-ordination)
Date of Collection
  • 28.02.2015 - 09.03.2015

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.0.0 (current version)2018-8-10 Archive edition
1.0.02015-9-14 Archive pre-release
Errata in current version
2018-8-21p1Please note that value label for code 7 in p1 (DATE OF INTERVIEW) is missing and should read "Friday 6th March 2015".
Version changes
Changes between version 2.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2016-7-28p7at, p7at_rPlease notice that value label for code 6 in p7at should read "Kaernten (Carinthia)". As confirmed by TNS, the addition of Osttirol (Eastern Tyrol) as suggested by the original value label is not correct. Herewith variable p7at corresponds to the NUTS 2 classification for Austria. Variables labels should read: p7at “REGION - AUSTRIA NUTS 2” and p7at_r “REGION - AUSTRIA NUTS 1”. The value label and variable labels will be corrected with the next update.2018-8-10value label and variable labels corrected

Further Remarks

NotesModule QA asks a subset of Standard Eurobarometer trend questions with last appearance in the context of Eurobarometer 82.3 (ZA5932). Module QB on ´Data Protection´ partly replicates questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 74.3 (ZA5450). Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3, the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P6 (SIZE OF COMMUNITY) has changed considerably, except for Germany. Categories for all other countries have been harmonized among each other to three values (Rural area - Towns and suburbs/small urban area - cities/large urban areas). Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3 the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P7 (REGION) has changed for some countries, in particular introducing NUTS categories for Ireland, Estonia, and Croatia. No data are available for protocol items p8 (postal code), p9 (sample point), p10 (interviewer number) and p11. A dataset update has been provided by TNS and weighting variable WEXTRA (WEIGHT EXTRAPOLATED POPULATION 15+) has subsequently been merged into the dataset release (v2.0.0) by the archive.
Number of Units: 27980
Number of Variables: 448
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • European Commission: Special Eurobarometer 430. Europeans in 2015: Results per country. Survey conducted by TNS opinion & social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General Communication. Survey coordinated by the Directorate-General Communication ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit. Brussels, March 2015.
  • European Commission: Special Eurobarometer 431. Data protection. Survey conducted by TNS opinion & social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST). Survey coordinated by the Directorate-General Communication ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit. Brussels, June 2015.
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Research Data Centre
  •  EB - Standard and Special Eurobarometer
    Since the early nineteen seventies the European Commission´s “Standard and Special Eurobarometer” are regularly monitoring the public opinion in the European Union member countries at times. Interviews are conducted face-to-face, in each spring and each autumn, at all times based on new samples with a size 1000 respondents per country. Separate samples are drawn for Northern Ireland and East Germany. After the EU enlargement in 2004, remaining and new Candidate Countries are also regularly included in selected surveys. The Standard Eurobarometer modules ask for attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, complemented by measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as by respondent and household demographics. Intermittently special Eurobarometer modules extensively address topics, such as environment, science and technology, health or family issues, social or ethnic exclusion, quality of life etc. The “European Communities Studies” 1970-1973 can be considered forerunner studies, as well the “Attitudes towards Europe” from 1962.