Privacy of the Digital Natives

Paper written by Francesca Bosco and Giuseppe Vaciago

Even if the term “digital native” has been debated for years by several esteemed scholars, this article aims to seek the digital natives’ attitude towards data protection and safety. It is fundamental, in a society which is evolving so fast, not to focus solely on the present, but to endeavour to improve the future by paying the utmost attention to the new generations. What balance of interests must we achieve between privacy vs transparency, secrecy vs security, reputation vs freedom of expression in a world of internet which is increasingly regulated by Moore’s Law, rather than by state legislation? The purpose is to analyze the current tension between privacy and other fundamental rights from a predominantly legal standpoint, pointing out that the solutions adopted by legislation and case law are not sufficient and that maybe it is also necessary to reconsider this value from an ethical viewpoint.

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