Privacy in an ICT environment nowadays is located at the intersection of three fundamental interests, all three of which are crucial in order to foster prosperity of society and economy:
- The need to efficiently protect Human and Fundamental Rights and the rule of law to guarantee a secure legal framework;
- the need to provide a safe environment, guaranteeing protection against economic and societal threats; and
- the need to promote and support innovation and competitiveness of the ICT market by providing a clear and flexible legal framework, which is being kept open to new business models.
The current challenge is finding a balance between these three interests, which have a potential to be both collinear and antagonistic - depending on the scenario. The project aims at identifying threats, counter-measures and thereby good practices in order to suggest a road map to future governance of personal data use and to the protection of innovation and the economic value represented by data against cybercrime and cyber-espionage. . This is conducted with a keen awareness of the value of both personal and non-personal information for Internet and other business innovation on the one hand, and the commitment of the EU to the data protection and data security on the other.