14   How Does Privacy Change in the Age of the Internet?

Rolf H. Weber

14.1. INTRODUCTION

14.1.1. New Privacy Challenges

Information technology has fundamentally changed society. Communications have become much easier and faster with the advent of the Internet and mobile phones. Such change brings uncertainty with it, in particular because directing, controlling, and enforcing traditional norms has become more difficult, even if risks to privacy in the digital environment were sounded some time ago (presaged in George Orwell’s 1984 and earlier in Bentham’s Panopticon). Indeed, the loss of privacy is particularly obvious in social networks; therefore, light must be shed on the research question of how privacy needs and surveillance requests can ...

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