The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (NWO) has granted IViR the PhD project Privacy
as Virtue: towards an actor based approach to privacy regulation.
This project was submitted by Nico van Eijk
and will be conducted by Bart van der Sloot within the
framework of the NWO research programme Research Talent 2011.
Short summary of the project:
The contemporary legal
privacy paradigm is criticized along two lines: First, in a
legal dispute individuals are often unable to adequately
substantiate their interests relating to privacy; second,
privacy is often outweighed by other interests, for example,
security. This study will develop an alternative, virtue
based approach to privacy regulation, focusing on the
responsibilities of the actor (for example the state) of a
privacy infringement. The new approach will not balance
public interests such as security with individual claims to
privacy, but assess whether an actor has lived up to his
responsibility to act in a virtuous manner.
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