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This concluding chapter of the book summarizes the content available in the other chapters of the book. It begins with the definition of privacy, then goes on to cover the concepts of natural law and positive law, and human rights. The right to privacy has been included in all the major treaties, which indicates an increasing practice of state recognition of the right to privacy as a fundamental right. Value sensitive design, privacy by design and privacy enhancing technologies, are all the result of concern with the effect of new technologies on privacy, and all positive signs that reflect on human’s value of privacy and other fundamental rights. Technology and the ease of communications have helped individuals recognize that the concept of privacy is more than an abstract notion. The chapter ends with a hope to reach a level of human rights recognition in future.

Keywords:communications; human rights; privacy enhancing technologies; right to privacy



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