Metadata and Privacy: Limits of Freedom online

Article by Atdhe Buja
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The data collection boundary (IP, Time, User, Receiver, etc.), preserving the privacy of the citizen and observing the regulations in force are the ethical principles of the democratic system that everyone has to adhere.

Metadata is information created depending on how you use the technology. For example, include the date and time you can call / set as someone or the location from which you managed to access your e-mail.

An easy way to see some of your metadata is by looking into your Browser history that provides information about the websites you visited and when. Below is a metadata model presented by The Guardian news agency.The British Guardian news agency has provided a good example of metadata depending on the technology or service you use:

The combination of these metadata by justice, police and other bodies can provide much needed results in combating crime and solving many justice cases, but also in enhancing the quality of e-services for citizens.

This reminds us of the famous saying

“When we act morally, when we act ethically, this is the inspiration that changes the world.”
Eduard Snowden

According to Snowden, an unprecedented passage of information is the inclusion of the term “metadata” in use. This information relates to the time and place of a phone call or email, as opposed to the content of those conversations or messages. The difference forms the essence of the debate for the proper purpose of oversight or observation by the NSA (National Security Agency). But also these metadata include personal data, which can build a more detailed profile even by reading / observing the content. This digital revolution we are experiencing today is leading to an explosion of the great use of mobile phones and the internet.

Glenn Greenwald known journalist of the news agency “The Guardian” in a meeting at the University of Utah has made a detailed presentation of classified information related to the global surveillance programs based on top-secret documents revealed by Edward Snowden (full video: Throughout this presentation he made a very interesting analysis of the importance of the Internet and its conception between the old age and the younger generation, according to Mr. Greenwald’s most reliable demographic attributes for determining how people respond to this question is age.

The way the young people tend to think much differently than the Internet seniors who have not grown up over the Internet, the Internet for them is a kind of discrete instrument used to achieve certain functions, for example. Buying a book, booking a plane ticket, etc. But for young people the Internet is far more than what is actually a central part of the world is where you explore the world, make friends and save human relationships, experiment with your identity.

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