Privacy in (mobile) telecommunications services

PENDERS, Jacques (2004). Privacy in (mobile) telecommunications services. Ethics and Information Technology, 6 (4), 247-260.

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Telecommunications services are for long subject to privacy regulations. At stake are traditionally: privacy of the communication and the protection of traffic data. Privacy of the communication is legally founded. Traffic data subsume under the notion of data protection and are central in the discussion.

The telecommunications environment is profoundly changing. The traditionally closed markets with closed networks change into an open market with open networks. Within these open networks more privacy sensitive data are generated and have to be exchanged between growing numbers of parties. Also telecommunications and computer networks are rapidly being integrated and thus the distinction between telephony and computing disappears. Traditional telecommunications privacy regulations are revised to cover internet applications.

In this paper telecommunications issues are recalled to aid the on-going debate.

Cellular mobile phones have recently be introduced. Cellular networks process a particular category of traffic data namely location data, thereby introducing the issue of territorial privacy into the telecommunications domain. Location data are bound to be used for pervasive future services. Designs for future services are discussed and evaluated for their impact on privacy protection.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Centre for Automation and Robotics Research > Mobile Machine and Vision Laboratory
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10676-005-5605-9
Depositing User: Jacques Penders
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2012 15:12
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 22:14

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