Title: Interrogating Privacy in the digital society: media narratives after 2 cases
Authors: RIZZA CAROLINECURVELO DA SILVA CAMPOS ALVES PAULAORFAO CRESPO InesCHIARAMELLO MichelGHEZZI AlessiaMARTINHO GUIMARAES PIRES PEREIRA Angela
Citation: International Review of Information Ethics vol. 16 no. 2 p. 6-17
Publisher: International Center for Information Ethics
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC68190
ISSN: 1614-1687
URI: http://www.i-r-i-e.net/inhalt/016/rizza-etal.pdf
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC68190
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The introduction of information technology (IT) in the society and its pervasiveness in every aspect of citizens’ daily life highlight societal stakes related to the goals of IT uses, social networks being a most important example. This paper examines two cases which have in common a not straightforward link with privacy as addressed and protected by existing law in Europe (EU) and the United-States (USA), but whose characteristics, we reckon fall on other privacy function and properties. In Western societies individuals rely on normative discourses such as the legal one in order to ensure protection. Hence, the paper argues that other functions of privacy need either further framing into legislation or they need to constitute in themselves normative commitments of an ethical nature for technology development and use. Some initiatives at EU level recall such commitments namely by developing a normative discourse based on ethics and human values. We argue that we need to interrogate society about those normative discourses because the values we once cherished in a non-digital society are seriously being questioned.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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