1. Privacy in the Networked Society


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Privacy in the Networked Society


Data-protection principles for the digital remaking of society

Ericsson believes we are currently at an inflection point of an ICT-led societal transformation. A new productive shift in economies is expected with the emergence of the Networked Society. This society will be a more efficient one, bringing about new, enriching experiences. It will be a society that knows how to make the best use of knowledge in an information-rich world.

The journey towards the Networked Society is all about the ongoing digital transformation of economies and societies. This positive development, among other things, cannot be realistically achieved without relying on the collection and processing of data to create knowledge, competencies and capabilities. This data dependency sometimes also includes the use of personal data.

Hence, this journey is dependent on continued end-user trust in proper and responsible collection, processing and use of personal data. Even more, the ICT industry cannot expect to realize the promise of the Networked Society without ensuring adequate data protection and privacy. Therefore, it is in the industry’s interest to develop adequate data-protection procedures and methods to achieve the common goal of collective end-user trust in the continued digitization of the society.

Proper data-protection procedures and regulations do not have to come at the expense of increasing digitization of economies and associated increased national competitiveness. This can be achieved by designing an appropriate data-protection-regulation framework that includes the following considerations:

• well targeted collection and processing
• transparent collection and processing
• role-specific – a clear line drawn between controller and processor (no outsourcing of responsibility)
• flexible – a lot of room for self-regulation and privacy by design
• efficient – outcomes through participatory enforcement, not by threat by punitive deterrence
• cross-border tolerant regime for international data flows.

To find out more about Ericsson’s views on a progressive yet balanced data-protection-regulation framework, please visit: http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2012/ns-privacy.pdf

Written by Rene Summer

Director of Government and Industry Relations Rene is responsible for policy, formulation and promotion research in the areas of telecom regulation, TV-broadcast regulation, media regulation, copyright, advertising, state aid and consumer privacy.

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