We’d like to present here an interview with Giusella Finocchiaro on The Dilemmas of Anonymity and Anonymous Data in the Digital Economy. The interview has been published by Nymity news on the section “Interviews with Expert”.
The dilemma is if anonymity and anonymous data exist in the present technological environment or if technology renders anonymity and anonymous data impossible.
The fundamental question is the very definition of anonymity and of anonymous data.
The concept of anonymity has gained particular importance in relation to the application of the European legislation on personal data protection. This regulation is constituted by the Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and by the Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications. The only data which are not “personal data” and therefore are outside the field of the application of the two directives are “anonymous data”…
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