Interrogating Privacy in the digital society: media narratives after 2 cases


  • Caroline Rizza
  • Paula Curvelo
  • Inês Crespo
  • Michel Chiaramello
  • Alessia Ghezzi
  • Angela Guimarães Pereira



The introduction of information technology (IT) in the society and its pervasiveness in every aspect of citizens’ daily life highlight societal stakes related to the goals regarding the uses IT, such as social networks. This paper examines two cases that lack a straightforward link with privacy as addressed and protected by existing law in Europe (EU) and the United-States (USA), but whose characteristics, we believe fall on other privacy function and properties. In Western societies, individuals rely on normative discourses, such as the legal one, in order to ensure protection. Hence, the paper argues that other functions of privacy need either further framing into legislation or they need to constitute in themselves normative commitments of an ethical nature for technology development and use. Some initiatives at the EU level recall such commitments, namely by developing a normative discourse based on ethics and human values. We argue that we need to interrogate society about those normative discourses because the values we once cherished in a non-digital society are seriously being questioned.




How to Cite

Rizza, Caroline, Paula Curvelo, Inês Crespo, Michel Chiaramello, Alessia Ghezzi, and Angela Guimarães Pereira. 2011. “Interrogating Privacy in the Digital Society: Media Narratives After 2 Cases”. The International Review of Information Ethics 16 (December). Edmonton, Canada:6-17.