Privacy, Trust and Policy-Making: Challenges and Responses

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Executive Summary

The authors contend that the emerging ubiquitous Information Society (aka ambient intelligence, pervasive computing, ubiquitous networking and so on) will raise many privacy and trust issues that are context-dependent. These issues will pose many challenges for policy-makers and stakeholders because people's notions of privacy and trust are different and shifting. People's attitudes towards privacy and protecting their personal data can vary significantly according to differing circumstances. In addition, notions of privacy and trust are changing over time. The authors provide numerous examples of the challenges facing policymakers and identify some possible responses, but they see a need for improvements in the policy-making process in order to deal more effectively with varying contexts.

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