The legal significance of individual choices about privacy and personal data protection

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This chapter looks into the security/privacy relationship through a legal prism. It is not about the legal acceptability of security measures, but rather about their legal- ity. Policy makers in the European Union (EU) taking security-related decisions are obliged to ensure all adopted measures are compliant with fundamental rights requirements. It is true that they might also, additionally, be interested in question- ing whether (some) individuals might perceive such decisions as impacting fundamentalrightsnegativelyornot.2 Thesearehowevertwodifferentissues,and should not be conflated: one regards compliance with fundamental rights, while the other is about perceptions of compliance. Whereas respect for fundamental rights is unquestionably a legal issue, perceptions of compliance might be described as a societal consideration, potentially addressed from an economic perspective in terms of a possible negative impact on the commercialisation of technological products.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurveillance, Privacy and Security
Subtitle of host publicationCitizens' Perspectives
EditorsMichael Friedewald, Peter J. Burgess, Johann Cas, Walter Peissl, Rocco Bellanova
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317213543
ISBN (Print)9781138649248
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2017


  • privacy
  • data protection
  • security
  • fundamental rights


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