(Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/igPaVp)This is the first in a two-part post on the National Privacy Principles(NPPs). This post provides with a bit of background, and then deals with Principles One through Four, while the next will deal with Principles Five through Nine. Footnotes are especially important. Disclaimers: The first post is a bit on the longer side. Feedback, comments, recommendations, are welcome. The second part is available here.
A Bit of Background
Most of the works of fiction use, and have perhaps always used, old and established plot devices. One of the most tried, tested, and overused plots is an underdog triumphing against the ‘giant’. This is illustrated quite concisely by the legend of David and Goliath (though there are disagreements here), where David of Israel is a normal human without armor and just a sling and five pebbles who fights and wins against Goliath, the giant of a man who is the champion of the Philistines.
The current dimension of debate around the concept of ‘privacy’ on the Internet is, arguably, a situation quite similar to that of this well know plotline. ‘David’ in this situation is us, the data subject, and Goliaths are the multitudes of companies with vested interests in collecting our information, for their own direct or indirect profit. Continue reading Battling Goliath: An Analysis of the National Privacy Principles (Part I: Principles One to Four)