Privacy and Data Protection in Electronic Communications

  • Lilian Mitrou
  • Konstantinos Moulinos
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2776)


The digitalisation of networks thus offering of new services may entail inherent risks to privacy of the user, as well as possible inhibitions on his/her freedom of communication. This paper addresses issues of privacy and fair processing of personal data in electronic communications. It focuses on the analysis of the Directive 2002/58/EC “on privacy and electronic communications”. Emphasis is given on the provisions concerning traffic data and on the prohibition of the use of cookies as an expression of confidentiality and protection of anonymity. This paper further refers with the intention to introduce technology neutral rules and argues that this objective is a contradiction per se as each regulator, when setting out to regulate, still has a given, particular technology in mind. We argue that protection of privacy should be achieved through rather than despite technology.


Personal Data Data Protection Traffic Data Electronic Communication Privacy Risk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lilian Mitrou
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Moulinos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication SystemsUniversity of the Aegean KarlovassiSamosGreece
  2. 2.Hellenic Data Protection AuthorityAthensGreece

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