Data Protection in a Profiled World

  • Serge Gutwirth
  • Yves Poullet
  • Paul De Hert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-22
  2. Generic Issues

  3. Specific Issues: Security Breaches, Unsolicited Adjustments, Facebook, Surveillance and Electronic Voting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Gloria González Fuster, Serge Gutwirth, Paul de Hert
      Pages 105-117
    3. Gerrit Hornung, Ralf Bendrath, Andreas Pfitzmann
      Pages 139-156
    4. Melanie Volkamer
      Pages 177-189
  4. Third Pillar Issues

  5. Technology Assessment Views

  6. Legal Practitioner’s Views

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
  7. Technologist’s Views

About this book


One of the most challenging issues facing our current information society is the accelerating accumulation of data trails in transactional and communication systems, which may be used not only to profile the behaviour of individuals for commercial, marketing and law enforcement purposes, but also to locate and follow things and actions. Data mining, convergence, interoperability, ever- increasing computer capacities and the extreme miniaturisation of the hardware are all elements which contribute to a major contemporary challenge: the profiled world. This interdisciplinary volume offers twenty contributions that delve deeper into some of the complex but urgent questions that this profiled world addresses to data protection and privacy. The chapters of this volume were all presented at the second Conference on Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP2009) held in Brussels in January 2009 ( The yearly CPDP conferences aim to become Europe’s most important meeting where academics, practitioners, policy-makers and activists come together to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in information technology, privacy and data protection and law. This volume reflects the richness of the conference, containing chapters by leading lawyers, policymakers, computer, technology assessment and social scientists. The chapters cover generic themes such as the evolution of a new generation of data protection laws and the constitutionalisation of data protection and more specific issues like security breaches, unsolicited adjustments, social networks, surveillance and electronic voting. This book not only offers a very close and timely look on the state of data protection and privacy in our profiled world, but it also explores and invents ways to make sure this world remains a world we want to live in.


Consume Data Privacy Data Protection Data Protection Law Data Protectional Legislation Data protection in Technology Assessment E-Privacy Directive European Court of Human Rights Human Rights PET’s Privacy & Privacy by design Profiling privacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Serge Gutwirth
    • 1
  • Yves Poullet
    • 2
  • Paul De Hert
    • 3
  1. 1.Law, Science, Technology & Society, (LSTS)Vrije Universiteit BrusselsBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Research Centre for Information, Technology & LawUniversity of NamurNamurBelgium
  3. 3.Center for Law, Science, Technology, and Society Studies (LSTS)Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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