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Safer Internet Day

In 2021, 80% of people in the EU aged 16 to 74 who used the internet in the last three months prior to the survey knew that cookies can be used to trace people's online activities. Awareness was higher (86%) among younger users (aged 16 to 24) and lower (74%) among older users (aged 55 to 74).

Although most people seem to be aware of this situation, only slightly above one third (36%) of users aged 16 to 74 reported that they had changed their internet browser settings to prevent or limit cookie use.

Additionally, only 21% use software that limits the ability to track their activities on the internet (in the 3 months prior to the survey), a 1-percentage point increase compared with 2020.

Eurostat, 8 February 2022