Eurobarometer 83.1: Europeans in 2015, Data Protection and Internet use (2015)

European Commission


Changelog (Archive version):

2.0 - 2018-11-08
* Data updating to the latest release (2.0.0)

1.0 - 2015-09-30
* Data archiving (release 1.0.0)



Changelog (Source release):

2.0.0 -2018-08-10
* Archive edition

1.0.0 - 2015-09-14
* Archive pre-release



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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (trend repeated cross-section)

Series Name:
EB - Eurobarometer

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The Eurobarometer survey is designed to provide regular monitoring of public social and political attitudes in the EU through specific trend questions. Therefore, the general aim of EB is to know the attitudes and evaluations of European citizens about large general themes. The questions concern to the European integration issues, but sometimes they regard also specific problem about single country or common problems of economic, political or social nature.

The arguments of Eurobarometer 83.1 are as follows:

  • Europeans in 2015: assessment of the respondent’s and his own country’s economic situation, important political issues faced by the respondent, his own country and the European Union, attitudes towards European Union policies, trust in national and European institutions, appraisal of the EU and its future;
  • Data Protection and Internet Use: Internet use and online provision of personal information, concern about and attitudes towards data protection, risk evaluation and data protection measures, information use by public authorities and private companies, attitudes towards data protection rights and experienced problems.

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - economic conditions and indicators
  • INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION - information society
  • LAW, CRIME AND LEGAL SYSTEMS - law enforcement
  • POLITICS - domestic political issues
  • POLITICS - government, political systems and organisations
  • POLITICS - international politics and organisations
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - information technology
  • Nations: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

    Geographical Unit: size community

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: whole national population of 15 years and older

    Sample Procedure: about 1.000 individuals for each country. Multi-stage stratified random sample

    Weight: Weight used. Please read the documentation for any details

    Collection Mode: face to face interview, Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS format; 1 dataset in Stata format; 1 questionnaire in PDF format (ita, eng); 1 methodological notes in PDF format; 1 syntax file for missing data in SPSS format (6 file)


    Methodological Notes and codebook (pdf):
    DDI Documentation:
    DDI Documentation

    Data Use Restriction:
    UniData – official representative for the dissemination of Eurobarometer surveys in Italy – provides a free data access for all Italian residents upon registration. Data are released in according to GESIS Licence (Category 0), available at this link. Other users will need to contact the GESIS Data Archive.
    Source Contact: Eurobarometer Data Service - GESIS

    European Commission. (2015) Eurobarometer 83.1: Europeans in 2015, Data Protection and Internet use. TNS Opinion [Producer]. GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SI347. Data file version 2.0

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    Module 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.