Your Smart Coffee Machine Knows What You Did Last Summer: A Legal Analysis of the Limitations of Traditional Privacy of the Home Under Dutch Law in the Era of Smart Technology

31 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2018

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Lisa Van Dongen

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Tjerk Timan

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

The increasing number of smart devices entering our homes have implications for privacy. Not only do we bring in more spying devices into the home, often these smart objects are linked to data streams or other devices that leave the home – thereby literally taking private matters into public space. In this paper, we take the context of the Netherlands to show that current legal definitions and protections of the home are inadequate to deal with novel privacy threats that stem from devices that interact with us beyond the screen.

Keywords: smart home, privacy of the home, data protection

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Van Dongen, Lisa and Timan, Tjerk, Your Smart Coffee Machine Knows What You Did Last Summer: A Legal Analysis of the Limitations of Traditional Privacy of the Home Under Dutch Law in the Era of Smart Technology (September 2017). SCRIPT-ed, Vol. 14, No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3090340

Lisa Van Dongen (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands

Tjerk Timan

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands

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