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Jumbo en Polare overwegen jou als klant in hun winkel te volgen met behulp van je eigen smartphone. Zo kunnen ze precies in kaart brengen hoe vaak je in de winkel komt, welke route je in de winkel volgt (loop je iedere keer langs de schappen met wijn?), en hoe lang je bij bepaalde producten stilstaat (twijfel je over de aanschaf van een bepaald tijdschrift?). Dit idee legt twee fundamentele problemen bloot.

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While discussing my privacy design strategies paper at PLSC 2013, an interesting issue came up. The question was whether privacy by design can be used to enforce proportionality. That question was asked to me before, and my standard response was that it only partially can. You can use strategies like minimisation and, to a lesser extent, aggregation to ensure that the system only processes the personal data that it needs. However, whether that need itself is proportional, or even legitimate, is not something the design itself can guarantee.

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In a very instructive description of the difference between the US and the EU in the legal protection of on-line privacy, I read something very surprising. It said that in a recent meeting commissioner Reding introduced “privacy-by-default” as a new concept and as one of the pillars on which the revision of the EU data protection laws will be based. The idea is that privacy settings are designed to be easily found and manipulated by the user, so that “you don’t have to be an engineer to set your privacy settings.” Surprisingly though, privacy-by-default does not mean that your privacy should be protected by default, and does not imply an opt-in requirement to privacy invasions.

Surely, this must be a mistake. If not, the term “privacy-by-default” is a nasty form of EU newspeak.