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Title: Data protection in eGovernment : a question of conflicting ideals?
Authors: Demicoli, Antoine
Keywords: Data protection
Internet in public administration
Information technology -- Government policy
Data protection -- Government policy
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Demicoli, A. (2008). Data protection in eGovernment : a question of conflicting ideals? (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: New technology has inspired governments to introduce eGovernment systems. eGovernment refers to government's use of information technology to exchange information and services with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government. Academic reports have identified a number of legislative barriers to eGovernment particularly that of privacy and data protection. This thesis examines whether there is actually a conflict between data protection and eGovernment. I attempt to answer this question by means of a comparative analysis of the Data Protection and eGovernment Legislation in different European Union member states. On the one hand, Data Protection legislation is a barrier to eGovernment in that data protection rules affect access to public documents containing personal data, the sharing of such documents between different entities and the -re-use of such documents. Traditionally, public administration was based on a "silo model" where each organizational unit within a vertical hierarchy had well-defined competences, with its own information at its disposal to achieve its duties and with its own way of processing that information. With the development of eGovernment this vertical framework has shifted to a "network model" of governance with functional units linked by digital networks. In this context data protection barriers are relevant as to the sensitive nature of personal data processed by public bodies and the compulsory character of its collection. On the other hand, eGovernment also fits within an EU context where it was identified as a tool to make a significant contribution to fulfilling the Lisbon Strategy. After a throughout analysis, my study concludes that not only eGovernment and Data Protection are not in conflict but they are actually complementary and Data Protection is a catalyst in the development of eGovernment.
Description: LL.D.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacLaw - 1958-2009

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