As activity tracking can be dodged or masked, internet users might be less concerned about the consequences through the perceived anonymity of the internet. In 2019, in terms of gender , 53 percent of men reported to be reckless, which was about 6 percent more than women. When looking at age distribution, people aged 25 to 39 who regularly consumed illegal content . Of course, some would be more inclined to sin if certain content was not easily available, leading to occasional wrongful streaming activity (which was more recurrent compared to regular illegal consumption). Many internet users are still willing to pay to access digital content.
A number of crimes against individuals was reported in 2018. Online fraud was the most prevalent type, followed by identity theft. Data loss was mainly taking place through viruses, hacking, breakdowns or hardware theft. The fear of having personal data leaked was very present among young people aged 11 to 20, but other cyber crimes such as being harassed were seen as a more serious offence.
As online users already have a sense of personal responsibility to protect private data , other actors such as public authorities, the government, and internet providers are also made responsible for online security. In 2019, according to the French population, implementing dissuasive fines could be a solution against new scandals regarding personal data abuse and with the implementation of the General Regulations for the Protection of Personal Data (GDPR), the goal for internet surfers was to feel safer. However, a year after the GDPR was enforced, almost half of French people still said they had never heard of it .