Privacy Advisor

Privacy in Print

October 1, 2008

Perusing recently released privacy publications


Credit Reporting
By Pablo A. Palazzi
Astrea Publishers, Buenos Aires


Frequent Privacy Advisor contributor Pablo Palazzi recently pointed his pen in a different direction, producing Credit Reporting, a book that presents the legal framework governing the use of personal data contained in credit reports.

Credit Reporting summarizes Argentine and international case law and jurisprudence, which, Palazzi says, have established the rights of data subjects with respect to credit reports for more than a decade. The book covers habeas data and credit reporting legal frameworks in Argentina and in comparative law, strongly focused on Latin America, and for the first time in a South American publication—identity theft. Also covered is the right to oblivion, the right to privacy with respect to the gathering of personal data, habeas data procedural features and the criteria for assigning liability in this area of the law.

Palazzi writes:
The reporting of credit historical data is crucial to our society today: it adds transparency to the market by making available the past and present behavior of individuals. Personal Data Protection law—the reaction against the general gathering and handling of personal data—grants individuals the power to control the use of personal data through rules and principles related to the quality of the data consent to deal with legal actions, limitations imposed on databanks according to content, time and manner of information handling; assignment and transference of information to third parties; and the engagement of government authorities to oversee the protection of such rights.

Born Digital
By Urs Gasser and John Palfrey
Basic Books, New York


Those of you who attended the IAPP's Navigate forum this summer likely recall John Palfrey's digital savvy and engaging style. He brings both attributes to the recently-released Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives, where he teams up with colleague and fellow researcher Urs Gasser for an examination of the first generation of children worldwide who have grown up with mice under their palms and buds in their ears. How will our economy, politics, and culture change as these digital natives come of age?

Through narrative, Palfrey and Gasser introduce us to these online Aborigines and discuss the unique challenges they face in terms of privacy and safety; intellectual property and information overload.

Here's an excerpt:
These kids are different. They study, work, write, and interact with each other in ways that are very different from the ways that you did growing up. They read blogs rather than newspapers. They often meet each other online before they meet in person. They probably don't even know what a library card looks like, much less have one; and if they do, they've probably never used it. They get their music online—often for free, illegally—rather than buying it in record stores. They're more likely to send an instant message (IM) than to pick up the telephone to arrange a date later in the afternoon. They adopt and pal around with virtual Neopets online instead of pound puppies. And they're connected to one another by a common culture. Major aspects of their lives—social interactions, friendships, civic activities—are mediated by digital technologies. And they've never known any other way of life.

Born Digital, as you might expect, is also available digitally at: www.amazon.com/ Born-Digital-Understanding-Generation-Natives/ dp/B001E5NRDW.