Freedom of Information Versus Privacy: Friends or Foes?
Behind the anomalies currently besetting the notion of privacy — anomalies that arise from different cultural, political and social milieus both at the group and at the individual level — there lies a common conceptual element: individuals and small communities carry an increasing weight vis–à–vis the external world. This conceptual element is reflected in the various manifestations of privacy, whether as a social phenomenon, or as a value, or as a right, written or unwritten, or as a political goal, or even as a marketable commodity.
KeywordsPersonal Data Data Protection Public Information Private Life Secret Police
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Coalition Letter to Attorney General Ashcroft on Privacy Issues, May 2, 2001. American Civil Liberties Union, Center For Democracy And Technology, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Congress Foundation, Law Enforcement Alliance Of America. http://www.aclu.org/privacy/spying/15076leg20010502.html Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Banisar, D. (2006). Freedom of Information Around the World 2006. A Global Survey of Access to Government Information Laws. London: Privacy International. http://www.privacyinternational.org/foi/foisurvey2006.pdf. Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Bradley, C. et al. (2006). On NSA Spying: A Letter to Congress. New York Review of Books, Volume 53, Number 2, February 9, 2006. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18650
- Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) (2005). Assessing communication rights: A handbook. CRIS Campaign. http://www.crisinfo.org/pdf/ggpen.pdf Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Cook, T. (1997). What is Past is Prologue: A History of Archival Ideas Since 1898, and the Future Paradigm Shift. Archivaria, 43 (Spring 1997). http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/viewFile/12175/13184 Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Crane, P. S.  (1999). Korean Patterns. Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch, by Seoul Press, 1999.Google Scholar
- Dix, A. (2001). The influence of Hungarian Freedom of Information legislation abroad — The Brandenburg example and experience. In Majtenyi, L. (Ed.), The Door Onto the Other Side. [Bilingual edition] (pp. 231–238). Budapest: The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.Google Scholar
- Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) (1999–2006). Privacy and Human Rights: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments. Washington, DC: Electronic Privacy Information Center.Google Scholar
- Etzioni, A. (2002). Implications of Select New Technologies for Individual Rights and Public Safety. Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Volume 15, Number 2 Spring 2002. http://jolt.law.harvard.edu/articles/pdf/v15/15HarvJLTech257.pdf Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Fischer, W. (2007). Bush Administration Ramps up Secrecy. Atlantic Free Press, Monday, 10 September 2007. http://www.atlanticfreepress.com/content/view/2363/81/ Accessed 24 nobreak February 2009.
- Kecskemeti, Ch. and Szekely, I. (2005). Access to archives. A handbook of guidelines for implementation of Recommendation No. R (2000) 13 on a European policy on access to archives. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.Google Scholar
- Louis, C. (2006). Freedom of Information is the flipside of Data Protection. http://www.rechtsanwaltlouis.de/foiadataprotectionlaw.htm Accessed 24 February 2009.
- McCahill, M. and Norris, C. (2002). Literature Review, UrbanEye project, Working Paper No. 2, March 2002. http://www.urbaneye.net/results/ue–wp2.pdf Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Pitt-Payne. T. (2007). Freedom of Information and Data Protection: Creative Tension or Implacable Conflict? A Paper for the Franco-British Lawyer’s Society Conference, Inn of Court Northern Ireland 27/28 April 2007. http://www.franco-british-law.org/pages/ENG/publications/documents/Pitt-Payne.pdf Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Roberts, A. S. (2006). Blacked out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age. New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
- Roberts, A. S. (2007). Transparency in the Security Sector. In Florini A. (Ed.), The Right to Know. Transparency for an Open World. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
- Schou, C. D. et al. (2002). Comprehensive Information Assurance Dictionary (Draft). National Information Assurance Training and Education Center, Idaho State University. http://security.isu.edu/NIATECV30d.pdf Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Singleton, S. (2002). The Freedom of Information Versus the Right to Privacy. A Pro-Market Framework for Arizona. Arizona Issue Analysis 171, May 24, 2002. http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/Common/Files/Multimedia/35.pdf. Accessed 24 February 2009.
- Sirotkin, S. (1997). Access to Public Information. In Fridli, J., Toth, G. A. & Ujvari, V. (Eds.), Data Protection and Freedom of Information (pp. 46–53). Budapest: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.Google Scholar
- Szekely, I. (2006). Freedom of information or freedom without information? The place of Hungary in the Central and Eastern European region. In Peterfalvi, A. (Ed.), Ten years of DP&FOI Commissioner’s Office. [Bilingual edition] (pp. 261–280). Budapest: The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.Google Scholar
- Szekely, I. (2007a). Central and Eastern Europe: Starting from Scratch. In Florini, A. (Ed.), The Right to Know. Transparency for an Open World. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
- Szekely, I. (2007b). The four archival paradigms [A négy archívumi világkép]. Információs Társadalom, 2007. Vol. VII, No. 3, 15–46 (in Hungarian).Google Scholar
- Theale Medical Centre (2007). Data Protection versus Freedom of Information and how it affects making an appointment. http://www.thealemedicalcentre.com/data_protection.htm Last updated 10 January 2007. Accessed 24 February 2009.