Boek en website over privacy en databescherming

9 februari 2006

Op de website is een grote hoeveelheid internationale jurisprudentie over privacy en databescherming te vinden. Recent is over dit onderwerp het boek ‘Reasonable Expectations of Privacy?’ verschenen. Op de website kan men de jurisprudentie ook doorzoeken. Zo kan men snel alle uitspraken over bijvoorbeeld het plaatsen van camera’s terugvinden.

New book: Reasonable Expectations of Privacy?

We proudly present our new book: “Reasonable Expectations of Privacy? Eleven Country Reports on Camera Surveillance and Workplace Privacy”, that has recently been published by the T.M.C. Asser Press (The Hague) and distributed by the Cambridge University Press. Distribution starts at the end of July. To order a copy, please visit the Cambridge University Press website.

The book (364 pp) is edited by dr. Sjaak Nouwt, Berend de Vries and prof. Corien Prins.

with contributions by:

Paolo Balboni, Robin M. Bayley, prof. Colin J. Bennett, Dorus van der Burgt, Lilian Edwards, Sonja Eustergerling. prof. Giussella Finocchiaro, Robert Gellman, dr. Frank Hendrikx, prof. Paul de Hert, prof. Thomas Hoeren, Roel Loermans, Mieke Loncke, David J. Phillips, dr. Mate Szabo, dr. Ivan Szekely, and Berend R. de Vries


In 1967, Justice John Marshall Harlan introduced the litmus test ‘a reasonable expectation of privacy’ in his concurring opinion in the US Supreme Court case of Katz v. United States. Privacy, regulations to protect privacy, and data protection have been legal and social issues in many Western countries for a number of decades. However, recent measures to combat terrorism, to fight against crime, and to increase security, together with the growing social acceptance of privacy-invasive technologies can be considered a serious threat to the fundamental right to privacy. What is the purport of ‘reasonable expectations of privacy’?

Reasonable expectations of privacy and the reality of data protection is the title of a research project being carried out by TILT, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. The project is aimed at developing an international research network of privacy experts (professionals, academics, policymakers) and to carry out research on the practice, meaning, and legal performance of privacy and data protection in an international perspective.

Part of the research project was to analyse the concept of privacy and the reality of data protection in case law, with video surveillance and workplace privacy as two focal points. The eleven country reports regarding case law on video surveillance and workplace privacy, are the core of the present book. The conclusions drawn by the editors are intended to trigger and stimulate an international debate on the use and possible drawbacks of the ‘reasonable expectations of privacy’ concept.


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