Knowledge Discovery in Databases and De-Individualization

A.H. Vedder, E. Schreuders, R.W. van Kralingen

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The production of generalizations about groups and profiles of information subjects defined by group characteristics with the help of data mining can be highly problematic from a social and moral point of view. In this paper, we point out that the current privacy law and regulations start from too narrow a definition of 'personal data' to capture these problems. We introduce the notion of 'categorial privacy' as a starting point for a possible remedy for the failures of the current conceptions of privacy. Finally, we discuss some ways in which these problems certainly cannot be solved and suggest a possible way out of these problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for Computer Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Enquiry (CEPE 98) Held at the London School of Economics on 14 & 15 December 1998
EditorsL.D. Introna
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLondon School of Economics
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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