The cloud computing adoption rate in the Netherlands is relatively high. Cloud computing services provide online storage facilities through programmes like DropBox, Apple iCloud, GoogleDrive or Microsoft Skydrive. Last year, 36 percent of 16 to 74-year-olds said they occasionally used cloud computing services, as against 25 percent on average across the European Union. With over 40 percent, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Sweden have the highest cloud adoption rates. In many countries in Eastern and Southern Europe the rates are less than 20 percent.
More over-75s active in the cloud
Older people (beyond the age of 75) account for the lowest cloud adoption rate, but the percentage among older people has increased to 8 percent in 2015, up from 4 percent in 2014. On average, the rate is significantly higher among under-45s than among over-45s (45 and 23 percent respectively). Men and highly educated use cloud computing services more frequently than women and lower educated.
Cloud users less concerned about internet security
Cloud users appear to be less concerned about internet security than non-users (38 versus 53 percent).
The cloud is mainly used (by nearly nine in ten internet users) to store and share photographs. Additionally, many internet users store text files, spreadsheets and presentations online (58 percent).