Protecting the Genetic Self from Biometric Threats: Autonomy, Identity, and Genetic Privacy

Protecting the Genetic Self from Biometric Threats: Autonomy, Identity, and Genetic Privacy

Christina M. Akrivopoulou (Hellenic Open University, Greece)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 301
ISBN13: 9781466681538|ISBN10: 1466681535|EISBN13: 9781466681545|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8153-8


Privacy is a fundamental concern of all individuals in the modern information-driven society, but information security goes beyond digital and data-oriented approaches to include the basic components of what makes us human.

Protecting the Genetic Self from Biometric Threats: Autonomy, Identity, and Genetic Privacy considers all aspects of privacy and security relating to an individual’s DNA. With a concentration on fundamental human rights as well as specific cases and examples, this essential reference brings pertinent, real-world information to researchers, scientists, and advocates for greater security and privacy in the modern world.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Abortion
  • Anatomy
  • Biometric Security
  • Dignity and Justice
  • Genetic Privacy
  • Human Rights
  • Legal and Ethical Dilemmas
  • Sexual Orientation

Reviews and Testimonials

Primarily written by Greek academics, this collection explores the theoretical foundations of genetic privacy, the connection between sexuality and an individual’s sensitive personal data, repercussions for the right to reproduction and the protection of human dignity, and the impact of biometric technology on the right to genetic privacy. The 15 chapters examine the European Court of Justice judgment on refugee claims filed by homosexuals, the history of abortion law internationally, the involuntary sterilization of women, the European Union framing of the protection of genetic privacy, and the persecution of HIV-positive women in Greece.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Christina Akrivopoulou holds a PhD in Constitutional Law and currently serves as Committee President in the Greek Refugee Authority in Athens. Her main research interests concern human and constitutional rights, the protection of the right to privacy, data protection, the private-public distinction, and citizenship. She currently lectures in Hellenic Open University, and she has previously taught in Democritus University of Thrace, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and in the EMA-Unesco inter-university master class. She is a postdoctoral researcher of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and of the Aristotle University Research Committee (Program of Academic Excellence). She is a member of the Thessaloniki Law Bar Association. She is collaborating with several Greek law reviews, and she is a member of many non-governmental human rights organizations in Greece and abroad. She is editor in chief of the International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies. She has edited for IGI the volumes, Personal Data Privacy and Protection in a Surveillance Era: Technologies and Practices (2010), Human Rights and Risks in the Digital Era: Globalization and the Effects of Information Technologies (2012), and Digital Democracy and the Impact of Technology on Governance and Politics: New Globalized Practices.