Informational self-determination is an updated form of the right of privacy, protecting citizens from the unlimited gathering, storage and use of private information. It has become a controversial issue in the age of the internet. It is considered the right of private individuals to know who is collecting and using information about them at any given time and under any circumstances.
With the coming of the internet, information gathering has become pervasive. The personal data, actions and content of people visiting websites and interacting on social media platforms are constantly being gathered by owners of these sites. In addition, data sent and received over mobile devices are subject to collection. The specifics of the laws governing informational self-determination are slowly coming to terms with the new technology.
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