AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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The Privacy Paradox
Raffaele Zallone

Last modified: 2010-03-23


The present privacy legislation continue to be drafted on the basis of the Strasburg Convention of 1981. The mere fact that present privacy laws are based on principles drafted 29 years ago, when the web did not exist, shows that privacy legislation need to make a quantum leap to be in line with the realities of to-day’s real life operating environment. If the status quo is kept, the law and its application shall face serious (and sometimes insurmountable) obstacles to its implementation, making compliance costly for private business, at the same time jeopardizing effectiveness of privacy protection for individuals. A new set of rules should be drafted and established, addressing the changed environment of information and communication technology, in order to allow free flow of information at the same time assuring due protection of personal data.


privacy; strasbourg convention; search engines; EEC Privacy Directive; global; personal identity; jurisdiction; personal data

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