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Volume: 15 Issue: 3
(March 2018)

accountability internet privacy by design reputation

eduardo ustaran

hogan lovells international llp


Editorial: Regulating internet data uses for good

This year, my book The Future of Privacy will become five years old. In it I argued how the use of data could, and should, be regulated to enable technological innovation and protect people’s privacy at the same time. Today, this need is more real and urgent than ever. There is worldwide outrage at how our daily digital interactions are being tracked and manipulated for sinister purposes. Senior politicians and CEOs are getting involved in trying to sort out what is regarded as an indefensible invasion of our privacy at a global scale. But yet, whatever solutions are devised, they will need to be attuned to the reality we are all now used to: universal multimedia communications and the instantaneous availability of all human knowledge…for free. In other words, any approach that disregards this reality will surely fail to effectively safeguard the fundamental right to privacy and data protection.

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