Issue 6 / 2013


  • Mantelero, Alessandro / Vaciago, Giuseppe, The “Dark Side" of Big Data: Private and Public Interaction in Social Surveillance, How data collections by private entities affect governmental social control and how the EU reform on data protection responds, CRI 2013, 161-169
    The revolution in social analysis due to Big Data and their predictive capacities poses different questions related to risks of asymmetries in the control over information.In order to have access to this technology and to exploit its power, it is necessary to have the availability of large data sets and to invest heavily in equipment and research. Only governments and big companies have these resources and, consequently, are able to exercise such control over digital information both to enhance their performances and to enhance their control over individuals. Considering the role of government agencies and their increasing requests of information to the private sector for public security purposes, it appears necessary to adopt specific rules in order to regulate the information flow, to define the rights over data and to ensure adequate enforcement. If it is true that information is often publicly available, it is also true that the line between the public and private sphere will become even more blurred in the Big Data era. After a brief introduction (I.) this article first outlines the new scenario of Big Data (II.) before analyzing the governments’ interplay with private entities which crucially enhances their social control (III.). Finally, the currently envisaged changes by the EU reform on data protection are scrutinized in their potential effects on the future of social control (IV.).
  • Dörr, Bianka S., Electronic Patient Records and eHealth – Current Legal Developments in Switzerland, How best to arrange relevant medical patient data in the digital age?, CRI 2013, 170-174
    Within the greater scheme of the “eHealth Switzerland Strategy", the introduction of electronic patient records (so-called “ePatientrecords") gains key importance. An electronic patient record provides treatment-relevant medical data, which can be accessed by authorized persons (patients and health care professionals) swisswide and any time by using automated processes. The establishment of such an electronic patient record is optional, but given the sensitive health data contained in these records particular importance has to be placed on privacy and data security matters.This paper will, after a glance at the eHealth strategy Switzerland (I.) and the potential of eHealth applications (II.), critically look at the Swiss Draft Bill on Electronic Patient Records which has recently been submitted to the Swiss parliament.
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  • Heitto, Jonas, ETSI: FRAND Undertakings and Transfer of Patents, CRI 2013, 188-190
  • Egitto, Luca, Italy: The AGCOM Resolution on the Proposed Online Copyright Enforcement Regulation, CRI 2013, 190-191

About the Authors

  • About the Authors, CRI 2013, 192

Verlag Dr. Otto-Schmidt vom 05.12.2013 15:36