THE RIGHT TO DIGITAL PRIVACY: A EUROPEAN SURVEY

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Eric Caprioli, Ygal Saadoun, and Isabelle Cantero

The right to Privacy has drastically evolved since its emergence and has become an entrenched right across most modern democracies. The first recognition of this right was made centuries ago in Europe, but proper legal enforcement tools were slow to develop. The nature of this right implied such a delay. Indeed, throughout the Enlightenment, which reached its peak during the 18th and 19th centuries, liberty-seekers across the western world primarily fought to restore those fundamental rights that were needed to freely and equally participate in governance. First set out by the Athenian democracy, those rights had been mostly abandoned and excluded from the political and philosophical landscape which had become dominated by monarchies and autocracies. View More