Berlin - Compared to other European countries, Germans are particularly critical when it comes to passing on their data. According to survey by the Vodafone Institute, only 42 percent are in favor of collecting health data for better detection and treatment of diseases. In Spain, however, 86 percent and in Italy 79 percent consider this to be welcome.
As the TNS Infratest survey in eight European countries published on Monday in Berlin shows, clear majority of Europeans are in favor of general disclosure of personal data Data to third parties, especially for commercial purposes, very critical.
When asked about specific areas of application, however, almost two thirds ( 65 percent) imagine that the data of many people is collected anonymously by health institutions in order to achieve improvements in the treatment of diseases. However, 72 percent would not give their insurance company access to their own data if they adjusted the contributions to their own lifestyle.
Overall, however, every second respondent (51 percent) sees disadvantages rather than advantages in big data - at for Germans this is even 62 percent. The main reasons for the widespread skepticism, the study cites lack of trust in companies and the state as well as lack of transparency.
In August and September 2015, TNS Infratest held Spain and the Czech Republic surveyed total of more than 8,000 citizens.