e-Protect – Safety Toolkit for Consumer and Personal Data Protection for the Elderly during Internet Use
Providing the elderly with information and education on their consumer and data protection during internet use.
Project Number: 2020-1-CY01-KA204-065949
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 1/12/2020 – 30/11/2022
Studies estimate that by 2060 at least one in three Europeans will be over 65. The European Commission argues that digital technology can help older people to stay healthy, independent and active at work or in their community, and it also helps to improve their quality of life. Since May 2015, when the E.C. adopted the Digital Single Market strategy, several studies have identified the lack of digital skills among the elderly.
There is a strong need to educate EU citizens and the elderly on how to access and engage in online activities by experiencing high level of consumer and personal data protection. Elderly people, in particular, often feel security anxiety captured by internet safety perception and fear among others possible misuse of their credit cards when entering data online. They do not know safety processes that need to be followed and lack awareness of internet security threats, control measures and safeguards to their devices.
The e-Protect project aims to address the consumer and data protection needs during internet use of the elderly people, through the familiarization with the ICT tools and provision of tailored training, through enhancing the capacity and professionalization of adult educators with training material, improving the overall quality of adult education for the elderly, and reducing the inequalities in access in education for elderly.