Data Collected by Web Browsers

question

What kind of data do web browsers collect about you?

  • Usage statistics
  • Browsing history
  • Device configurations
  • Location
  • Screen resolution
  • Font preferences
  • Time zone
  • Not sure

Main insights

The vast majority of test respondents are aware that browsers collect such data as browsing history (81%), usage statistics (66%) and location (62%). Device configuration, time zone, screen resolution and font preferences are less known to be collected and added to a digital footprint of online users. For Brits – especially the latter two: only 18% of respondents from the UK selected it as data gathered by web browsers.

Australians have demonstrated the best knowledge with the most correct answers. Over 83% of Australians surveyed knew that browsers keep history of websites visited. Australian Internet users being the most informed on browsers collecting their data might be a result of data retention law, which requires country’s ISPs to store customer data for two years.

Score by country

  • Australia

    Australia

    55%
  • United States

    United States

    49%
  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    46%
  • Canada

    Canada

    46%

Fully correct answers by country

  • Australia

    Australia

    22%
  • United States

    United States

    22%
  • Canada

    Canada

    19%
  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    15%