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Thursday, 23 June 2011

On the Open Digital Policy blog: Privacy, utility and clarity

Ask ten digital policy experts their view on internet privacy and you're highly unlikely to get a consensus. In fact you might not hear the same opinion expressed by any two.

It will take a great deal of time and research to understand the best approach to provide a balanced right to privacy in the age of data ubiquity whilst protecting core democratic values like free speech.

John Hendel, writing in The Atlantic, forecast a US/Europe split; with Europe heading down the regulation route as it attempts to protect individual privacy - through concepts such as the right to be forgottenwhilst the UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue's report on internet freedoms (pdf) clearly favours free speech - as does the US, given the First Amendment right.

A case from 2009 serves as a good example of the general conflict, when a German law firm attempted to get the names of convicted murderers removed from a Wikipedia page.

>> Read more and see the video on the Open Digital Policy Blog >>


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