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D7.7: RFID, Profiling, and AmI

Introduction  Title:
 Profiling, self-identity and 'The Internet of Things'


The framework of democracy and rule of law

Self-identity, democracy and rule of law

In deliverable 7.4 we made a first assessment of the potential impact of profiling on the identity of the European citizen. Self identity is crucial for both democracy and rule of law. Democracy presumes the participation and/or representation of empowered citizens, with a balanced sense of self. Rule of law presumes legal subjectivity, as this creates the framework for citizens to take their position in the network of private and public relationships. As legal subjects citizens can claim their rights and be held accountable for the obligations they have been attributed. If any type of technological practice diminishes the preconditions for such legal subjectivity we should reconsider its implementation. In D7.4 we claimed that privacy is not only a matter of personal well-being or private expectations, but first of all a public good that is the precondition for a society in which individual liberty (freedom from interference) and citizen’s participation (freedom to engage in public and private enterprises) is celebrated. This means that privacy is not a commodity that can be exchanged for short term comforts, or arbitrarily traded for some personal gain. It also means that if people feel that they are in control, while in fact they are not aware of the consequences of their actions, the preconditions for individual liberty and responsible citizenship are not in order.       



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