e-Privacy and Social Networks

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The technological risks for privacy and anonymity are not limited to the problems of databases. Social net-works, RFID tags, ubiquitous data processing and robotics, for example, are other examples of risk. Socialnetworks have an economic value and search engines increasingly try to access their users' personal infor-mation. In contrast, the study of privacy in social networks is a new area. Experts in information technologygenerally consider privacy as a quantifiable attribute which can be negotiated and probably exchangedbetween individuals for certain benefits. We believe, on the other hand, that regulation should favour the so-called Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) to guarantee privacy, and that these are particularly necessary
in social networks. Fundamental rights cannot be reduced to individual options which need to be activated.The public component of public policy could be guaranteed if versions favourable to privacy were incorpo-rated in the design of information technologies themselves, such as privacy by default. Another way may befor businesses to see economic benefits in planning technological measures guaranteeing privacy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRevista de Internet, Derecho y Politica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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