"THE SNOWDEN SYNDROME" IN BUILDING THE DIGITAL STATE
Aleksandr Khinshtein, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications
Digital technology is rapidly entering modern society. It is hard to imagine a person who does not use mobile phones and the Internet. But even if such an individual is found, his data are stored in the databases of the passport control, social security, pension and health insurance systems.
As an inalienable right of a citizen of a democratic state, the right to privacy in the digital age is subject to constant intrusion and encroachment. Private life becomes an object of interest for the public, state secret services, commercial organizations, and criminals, who have obtained with the help of digital technologies not only the ability to watch over an individual through correspondence and analysis of personal data, but also to manipulate consumer choice, shape demand, track movements and contacts. At the same time, as the results of sociological studies show, the contemporary society is becoming more and more open, and Internet users often voluntarily post terabytes of photos and videos, breaking the boundary between privacy and publicity, morally acceptable and legally forbidden.
• Can privacy be maintained in the digital age?
• Where is the boundary of privacy of individuals?
• How to protect an individual's personal data from internal and external threats of leakage?
• When will governments rescind the measures applied and what will happen to the collected data of individuals?
• Privacy and cybersecurity — the main problems of digitalization of the country?
• Digital profile of a Russian citizen — is there a right to privacy in a digital state?