The meaning of privacy is changing. In the emerging information economy, privacy no longer means preventing organisations and other people from knowing about us. Instead privacy now refers to concerns about the use and sharing of information –what shall and, crucially, shall not be done with personal data. Privacy cannot be an absolute right, but it remains a centrally important value in today’s society. As technology increases our capacity to store and manipulate information about each other we need to find new ways of thinking and talking about privacy.
While computers, networks, and smart cards now make it possible to produce and manipulate personal information; from shopping patterns to genetic make-up on an unprecedented scale, privacy in today’s society depends less on technologies and organisational arrangements and more on our culture beliefs, how people think and feel about privacy and how they value it.
This Demos collection will highlight new thinking about privacy in the UK, and seek to address the future challenges of the privacy agenda in an increasingly open society.
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This pamphlet is about what people think about the use of their personal information. It sets out the findings of Demos' 'People's Inquiry into Personal Information', revealing the opinions and ideas of 40 people expressed over 13 hours of deliberation.
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David Walker on why we should embrace data sharing | Public manager | SocietyGuardian.co.uk
Report from Council for Science and Technology (from 2005) on how government could better make use of personal information.
Strategy Unit paper on data-sharing in public services and privacy
Google will purge some user data to better protect privacy
Data and information about us, for reasons fair, foul or just opaque, travels across nations...
Just read a story about Oxford University using Facebook to find evidence from their students...
We're holding an event with Google next Thursday evening at their offices in Victoria...
A really useful report from Privacy International - rankings of the major internet companies...