A systematic review of literature on digitization and privacy

A a result of the collaboration with the Swedish Integrity Committee (Integritetskommittén, Ju 2014:09), LUii has published a research review (in Swedish) on literature on digitization and privacy. The work has been led by Måns Svensson, Associate Professor in Sociology of Law, and the report is co-written with Calle Rosengren and Fredrik Åström.


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The literature review notes the lack of sufficient knowledge concerning the relationship between online surveillance and any behavioral changes in society. Various studies point to risks that the lack of respect for the privacy can lead to reduced use of the Internet and reduced political commitment (at least online). However, the report does not find sufficient empirical evidence that this would be the case.

The authors identify different perspectives in relation to digitization and privacy. First, as a problem (or rather challenge) which can be managed with the help of new, better and more privacy-sensitive technology. Second, as an opportunity through the utilization of potentially privacy-sensitive data to promote good values such as improved health. Thirdly, as a threat to citizens and employees. And finally, as an exchange ratio between benefit and risk, for example between States’ need for information to prevent threats and citizens’ right to privacy.

Reference: Rosengren, Svensson & Åström (2016) Digitalisering och personlig integritet. En systematisk kunskapsöverikt, Lunds universitets internetinstitut & Rättssociologiska institutionen.

Read more here (In Swedish).

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