Privacy in the Metaverse

Regulating a complex social construct in a Virtual World
  • Ronald Leenes
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 262)


Second Life by many is considered to be more than just a game. It is a social microcosmos in which fairly normal people behave normally and where (complex) social behaviour develops. As such it is an interesting environment to study social and legal phenomena. In this chapter we will look at the privacy and how privacy is regulated within Second Life. The analysis will point out shortcomings of the current mode of governance within Second Life and point at near future changes therein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Leenes
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  1. 1.TILT — Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and SocietyTilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

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