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Selling My Soul to the Digital World?


Corien Prins

Tilburg University with the Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), NL
About Corien
Professor of law and informatisation. Council member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague.
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In our information-intensive society, our behaviour is increasingly monitored, captured, stored, used and analysed to become knowledge about people, their habits and social identity. New technologies such as mobile location-based services, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), smartcards and biometrics support a greater capturing of customer and user information and allow for tailored services to the individual’s needs and desires. Due to this development, the concept of ‘personal data protection’ looses its significance. The debate on how to react to new technologies for user identification, should not be limited to a discussion on how to protect individual data: Instead, the privacy debate should be a discussion on the impact on people’s identity.

How to Cite: Prins, C., 2009. Selling My Soul to the Digital World?. Amsterdam Law Forum, 1(4), pp.7–10. DOI:
Published on 30 Aug 2009.


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