Data Protection as a Fundamental Right

  • Stefano Rodotà

We live at a time when the issues related to the protection of personal data feature a markedly contradictory approach – indeed, a veritable social, political and institutional schizophrenia. There is increased awareness of the importance of data protection as regards not only the protection of the private lives of individuals but their very freedom. This approach is reflected by many national and international documents, lastly the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, where data protection is recognised as a fundamental, autonomous right. Still, it is increasingly difficult to respect this general assumption, because internal and international security requirements, market interests and the re-organisation of the public administration are heading towards the diminution of relevant safeguards, or pushing essential guarantees towards disappearance.


Personal Data Data Protection Public Body Strong Protection Personal Data Protection 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Rodotà
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  1. 1.Professor of law at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”

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