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Online Proactive Disclosure of Personal Data by Public Authorities. A balance between transparency and protection of privacy
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Public Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5624-6152
2017 (English)In: The Right of Access to Information and the Right to Privacy: A Democratic Balancing Act / [ed] Patricia Jonason; Anna Rosengren, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2017, , p. 27p. 111-137Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper examines the balancing between the right of access to information and the right to privacy in the context of online proactive disclosure of personal data. Proactive disclosure is understood as disclosure of information made by public authorities without a request having previously been made for such disclosure. Interestingly, the release upon request of official documents containing personal data normally does not activate data protection legis-lation in Sweden. In the case of proactive disclosure of official documents containing personal data, however, the data protection legislation must be followed. Jonason presents and analyses the legal framework, and shows how it has evolved over time. She illustrates the legal framework through the analysis of cases on proactive disclosure handled by the Swedish Data Protection Authority. In addition, guidelines concerning online proactive disclosure, drafted by the same authority for the benefit of local authorities, are taken into consideration. Jonason is especially interested in the balance-ing between the interest to protect privacy of the data subject and the interest of ensuring openness and transparency, and how this balancing is conveyed in the letter of the law, the preparatory works, as well as in the concrete implementation made by the Data Protection Authority. The conclusion reached by Jonason is that the current legal framework, constituted by different “layers”, is intricate. Changes on data processing made by public authorities should be expected, however, due to the General Regulation on Data Protection that will enter into force in 2018. This might constitute an opportunity for the legislator to rationalise the current legal framework.

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Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2017. , p. 27p. 111-137
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Working Paper, ISSN 1404-1480 ; 2017:2
Keywords [en]
Privacy, access to information, proactive disclosure, data protection
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Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32493Local ID: 558/3.1.1/2015ISBN: 978-91-88663-30-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32493DiVA, id: diva2:1168942
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Privatlivet - den undanskymda aspekten i svensk demokrati - En juridisk och historisk undersökning om avvägningen mellan öppenhet och privatliv i Sverige
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-1057Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2017-12-22Bibliographically approved

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