Thursday, July 5, 2012

Individual’s interest in control over personal information


Why is an individual interested in his personal information? Basho in her article in her article “The Licensing of Our Personal Information: Is It a Solution to Internet Privacy?” cited a German court, which explained that “if someone cannot predict with sufficient certainty which information about himself in certain areas is known to his social milieu, and cannot estimate sufficiently the knowledge of parties to whom communication may possibly be made, he is crucially inhibited in his freedom to plan or to decide freely.[1] Privacy threatens influence individuals participation on the Internet – consequently individuals present themselves online with false personal information or even avoid situations when their personal information might be exposed.[2] And in order that an individual can fully enjoy benefits of the Internet, he must be protected against use and misuse of his personal information without his approval.[3]