Serge Gutwirth advances the intriguing thesis that privacy is in fact the safeguard of personal freedom-the safeguard of the individual's freedom to decide who she or he is, what she or he does, and who knows about it. Any restriction on privacy thus means an infringement of personal freedom. And it's exactly this freedom that plays an essential role in every democracy.
Serge Gutwirth is professor of law at the Free University of Brussels and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Rathenau Institute, the Dutch national technology assessment organization, is an independent organization and is one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Privacy's Complexities Chapter 3 The Law on Privacy Chapter 4 Ambiguous Privacy Chapter 5 Privacy Endangered Chapter 6 Privacy and the Processing of Personal Data Chapter 7 Conclusion Chapter 8 Appendix: The European Community Directive on Personal Data Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index