[Humanist] 26.442 public good vs personal data protection

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Thu Nov 1 09:34:36 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 442.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:26:28 +0100
        From: Miran gmail <miranhladnik1 at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: 26.433 public good vs personal data protection

Thanks to Jascha Kessler, Daniel and some personal replies re: 26.433
public good vs personal data protection. I find Daniel's idea to
exclude fictional texts from privacy protection law as well as the
idea to exclude the collected fictional names very useful. However,
the majority of texts in the corpus don't belong to fiction. Yes, it
is possible to collect names of authors from the national bibliography
and names of prominent public people from encyclopedia entries, and
exclude them from anonymising, but it doesn't help as there are always
some living people who don't publish, sharing the same name with a
historical celebrity or author, and the *potential violation* of
*their* privacy is the major concern of the office in question, no
matter how imaginary it is, as people mostly (with the exception of
those in crime news) don't care about their appearance in old
newspapers and in text corpora. A reasonable and a common sense
solution would be that individual names are deleted from the database
by the explicit demand of a particular non-public living person.
Regardless all the problematic adaptation of the corpus I would
appreciate a general supportive oppinion that the legislation has to
respect the routines of the information society and not vice versa.
Isn't this case similar to the copyright issues? -- miran

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