European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Digital Technology Provides Opportunities, Risks

DATA PROTECTION

August 5, 2011

In The Guardian's "Privacy Matters Blog," Tanya Notley writes that though new digital technologies are a crucial component to the development sector, they also pose risks to privacy and security. Mobile phones, the Internet, social networking sites and digital videos "can play a critical role in helping people hold governments and development agencies accountable," but, Notley adds, "while new communication technologies have become cheaper and easier to use, they have also become more opaque." Notley highlights the difficulty of developing strategies for digital privacy and security, writing, "Some information needs to be widely circulated; some needs to be fiercely protected." 
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