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Internet Governance Glossary


4.9 Privacy

Fundamental human right concerning “the state or condition of being alone, undisturbed, or free from public attention, as a matter of choice or right; freedom from interference or intrusion” .


In digital environments (characterized by digital information, dematerialization of actors, computers and networks operating mode), technologies don’t preserve, in native mode, user’s privacy. Copy, logging and eavesdropping are easy to realize. Network traffic analysis, auditing of activities, intrusion of detection systems, firewalls, etc. contribute to optimize network performances and security, but at the same time, they can damage privacy of the users. This affects everyone’s privacy over the Internet, and can put in danger eCommerce activities.