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Title: Legal challenges posed by social networks to data protection law
Authors: Scicluna, Christine
Keywords: Social networks
Data protection -- Law and legislation
Data protection -- Law and legislation -- European Union countries
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: 'Tweet, poke, post, friend, like, blog, link, comment and share - the opportunities to communicate electronically using social media tools seem never ending.' One of the most powerful innovations in the technological world of the twenty-first century has undoubtedly been the 'social network'. Regardless of it being genuinely popular, the online social interaction realm poses a vast amount of challenges everyday, specifically to the users' data protection. The present data protection laws sometimes struggle to keep up with technology and the fact that social networks are embedded in our lives make it all the more arduous. In this respect, a complete overhaul of the relevant laws may prove to be the way forward in order to keep up with the 'world wild web' generation. Regrettably, technology has made communication and data sharing impressively instantaneous, contributing to an erosion of fundamental privacy rights. Privacy problems have become exacerbated by the social network creation and its multitude of branches, opening an intense debate on unprecedented problems regarding the preservation of personal data. Zuckerberg's assertion that 'the age of privacy is over' needs a colloquial approach because it is high time that data subjects protect their positions from social media giants, by means of an appropriate legislative framework which balances rights and obligations and is fit for today's digital age.
Description: LL.D.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacLaw - 2012

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