Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Data Control and Social Networking: Irreconcilable Ideas?

HARBORING DATA: INFORMATION SECURITY, LAW AND THE CORPORATION, A. Matwyshyn, ed., Stanford University Press, 2009

24 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2008 Last revised: 27 Feb 2014

Lilian Edwards

University of Strathclyde Law School

Ian Brown

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Abstract

The future of both law and technology will require reconciling users' desire to self-disclose information with their simultaneous desire that this information be protected. Security of personal information and user privacy are potentially irreconcilable with the conflicting set of user preferences regarding information sharing behaviours and the convenience of using technology to do so. Social networking sites (SNSs) provide the latest and perhaps most complicated case study to date of these technologies where consumers' desire for data security and control conflict with their desire to self-disclose. Although the law may provide some data control protections, aspects of the code itself provide equally important means of achieving a delicate balance between users' expectations of data security and privacy and their desire to share information.

Keywords: privacy, social networking, data protection

JEL Classification: K30

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Lilian and Brown, Ian, Data Control and Social Networking: Irreconcilable Ideas?. HARBORING DATA: INFORMATION SECURITY, LAW AND THE CORPORATION, A. Matwyshyn, ed., Stanford University Press, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148732

Lilian Edwards (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde Law School ( email )

16 Richmond Street
Glasgow 1XQ, Scotland
United Kingdom

Ian Brown

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/?id=117

Paper statistics

Downloads
2,197
Rank
4,851
Abstract Views
8,390