The New Age in Telecom and IT: A Privacy and Data Protection Perspective
Anca Plovie, Senior Corporate Counsel, Alcatel-Lucent Bell NV, Belgium
The current developments in telecommunications and information technology enable the unprecedented generation, collection, storage and transmission or transfer of significant amounts of data, including personal data.
The new applications developed by the IT and telecommunications industry can bring large benefits to businesses, but also an unparalleled array of significant privacy risks. Assessing the impact of such applications on privacy, identifying the risks and building in safeguards against abuse are essential steps in their development, sale and use. This article will discuss the privacy and data protection risks associated with the latest technological developments such as smart metering technology, RFID-based applications, behavioural advertising solutions, while also briefly presenting the applicable legislation in a European Union context.
Keywords: privacy, data protection, information technology, (tele)communications, European Union, smart grids, smart meters, RFID, behavioural advertising
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