Group Privacy: the next generation of privacy problems

linnet taylor

In 2014 I met a new faculty member at the Oxford Internet Institute at the photocopier, right at the end of my last day there, and his first. Discussing what we were doing there, we got talking about how privacy didn’t seem to work very well if you looked at it from different disciplinary perspectives, particularly from the angle of development studies. When data are collected and used in places prone to conflict, political instability or otherwise limited statehood, the conditions for collection and use are often not those visualised by data protection laws in wealthier countries. For one thing, visualising conflict data may put whole communities at risk, and the new data technologies (using secondary data collected indirectly from people’s use of devices or services) often leave people unaware that their data are being collected in the first place.

The new faculty member was Luciano Floridi, a leading philosopher of information…

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