Consent and privacy

Bart Custers, Francien Dechesne, Wolter Pieters, Bart Schermer, Simone van der Hof

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Consent is a fundamental concept in privacy and personal data protection legislation. Typically, personal information can only be processed based on (informed) consent by the individual concerned. However, in our information society, such consent may not always be effective, as several real-life cases have shown. In this chapter, we explore the discussion on the role of consent in privacy and personal data protection. We show how legal, ethical, economic and technological studies point to similar core issues, notably related to limitations of communication and decision making, inhibiting the effectiveness of consent for privacy protection. At the same time, alternatives to consent are not readily available or are difficult to implement. Knowledge of such discussions is essential for those involved in future developments related to consent and privacy as they point to more fundamental issues of the consent concept.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Consent
EditorsPeter Schaber, Andreas Müller
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351028257
ISBN (Print)9781351028264
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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