The Fundamental Rights Survey provides a comprehensive set of comparable data on people’s experiences and opinions concerning their fundamental rights. The survey generally focuses on everyday situations in various areas, e.g. data protection. 35,000 people aged 16 years and older from all EU Member States, North Macedonia and the UK were interviewed. An average of 55% of the respondents said they are concerned that the information they share online, could be maliciously accessed. About one-third of the respondents fear their data will be accessed by businesses without their permission, followed by foreign governments.

With respect to the digital progress and the implementation of digital innovations - such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) - the results uncover high hurdles to be overcome outside any strict legal issues of implementing a successful regulatory landscape. Implementation of digital applications in our every-day lives is a question of trust. However, in the event of cyber attacks, the data used for AI may be misused and data protection regulations can be violated. To ensure successful implementation of digital innovations and trustworthy AI cybersecurity thus is a primary condition. Against this background, future legislation focussing on digital transformation has to be of a significant extent to improve the user's trust in digital technologies.

The European Commission already addresses the citizens' security concerns in the EU Security Union Strategy 2020-2024 and presents certain key actions, with a particular focus on ensuring fit for purpose cybersecurity legislation. However, based on the published results in this survey, it seems that the European Commission still has a long way to go to gain the people's trust in the security of digital technologies.

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Please note this blog post was written by a Clifford Chance LLP employee. Clifford Chance LLP is the parent company of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions (CCAS). The content within this post does not constitute legal advice.