[Air-L] new resource on privacy rights and SNS - EU

Semenov Alexander semenoffalex at googlemail.com
Tue Jun 30 10:44:45 PDT 2009

I wonder, what does it mean for the research based on crawling data from SNS
like FOAF, etc. Is it forbidden now?

2009/6/29 Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com>

> Thanks to Line Lundh for pointing me towards this recent EU opinion:
> Opinion 5/2009 on online social networking
> Adopted on 12 June 2009
> <
> http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/docs/wpdocs/2009/wp163_en.pdf
> >
> To quote from the Summary:
> Key recommendations focus on the obligations of SNS providers to conform
> with the Data Protection Directive and to uphold and strengthen the rights
> of users. Of paramount importance, SNS providers should inform users of
> their identity from the outset and outline all the different purposes for
> which they process personal data. Particular care should be taken by SNS
> providers with regard to the processing of the personal data of minors. The
> Opinion recommends that users should only upload pictures or information
> about other individuals, with the individual¹s consent and considers that
> SNS also have a duty to advise users regarding the privacy rights of
> others.
> Should make for interesting discussion!
> cheers,
> - charles ess
> Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
> Drury University, Springfield, Missouri 65802 USA
> Professor MSO (med særlige opgaver),
> Department of Information and Media Studies
> Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
> President, Association of Internet Researchers
> Co-editor, International Journal of Internet Research Ethics
> <http://ijire.net/>
> Co-chair, CATaC conferences <www.catacconference.org>
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Alexander Semenov.
MA student
Faculty of Sociology
Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES)

Graduate Student in Sociology at
State Univercity - Higher School of Economics

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