Dutch internet users aged between 16 to 75 tend to store their files more often through cloud computing than internet users elsewhere in Europe. However, they pay less often for this than people in other EU countries do for similar use. In terms of cloud use, the Netherlands ranks sixth in the EU with 36 percent (average 27 percent). Some 10 percent pay for it, whereas the EU average is 11 percent, according to recent figures by Statistics Netherlands.
Almost a quarter of the European internet users uses the cloud mainly used for storing photos. The Netherlands ranks third with 33 percent.
An average of 15 percent of EU Internet users and 23 percent of the users in the Netherlands use the cloud to store text files, spreadsheets and presentations.
Reasons not to use the cloud
Nearly three in ten internet users in the EU is aware of cloud computing, whereas over a quarter is unaware of its existence. The main reason not to use cloud computing is that users store data on their own devices or barely store data at all.
Security and privacy are also major reasons for not using the cloud. Some 24 percent of the Dutch internet users state that they are worried about security and privacy, compared to 13 percent in the EU.