Data Protection as a fundamental right
“Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person or Data Subject. An identifiable person is someone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.” – Data Protection Officer EC
means the right of a person to know which data is gathered in regards to her person, how the data is used, aggregated, protected, and where the data is transmitted.
A person has to give his/her consent for the personal data (cell number, home address, etc) to be used by another person or entity.
Data protection values are not necessarily privacy related ones.
These values cannot be dealt with just through the privacy perspective. They are autonomous values, which grant fundamental rights: the right to data protection as recognised by Article 8 in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
and should be granted and protected as any other fundamental rights. Many people are not aware that the information concerning their person is protected which leads, unfortunately, to many abuses from other users, internet providers, online businesses and many others. Hopefully in time, people will consider more and more seriously their fundamental right to data protection.
In order to better understand privacy and personal data vulnerabilities I will post some Articles.