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Mobilizing the Information Society$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295570.001.0001

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Mobilizing the Information Society

Robin Mansell

W. Edward Steinmueller

Oxford University Press

As we continue our discussion about the necessary adjustments in institutional infrastructures to further the move of achieving the European information society, this chapter attempts to look into privacy and security and how these are relevant in taking on cases that concern data identifying individuals, electronic payment systems, and the privacy attributed to the personal communication among individuals within electronic environments. Since privacy and security concern social exchanges within institutional and legal regimes, these regimes have to be arranged in such a way which balances the conflicting interests of involved parties. Privacy – which refers to the freedom from public attention or intrusion – cannot be absolute, and the reasons for this are studied in the chapter. We also look into the privacy and security of messages, the aggregations of the messages, and information about these messages.

Keywords:   security, privacy, messages, electronic payment, personal communication, data

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