Intrusion in the Sphere of Personal Communications

Intrusion in the Sphere of Personal Communications

Judith Rauhofer (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-204-6.ch002
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In this chapter the limits for the sphere of personal communications are set. Different understandings of the “right to be alone” or “the right to respect for private and family life” are provided. The significance of the information privacy is pointed out and the right to informational self-determination is deciphered. Having presented the substrate for personal data protection, a legal synopsis of the aforementioned subject is the concluding part of the chapter, with emphasis on data retention.
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Although most Western jurisdictions now protect individuals’ rights to control the use and disclosure of their personal information, those rules are based on different origins and, in many cases, different understandings of why such protection is necessary or justified.

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