Digital hyper-transparency: leading e-government against privacy
Document typeConference lecture
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
European Commisision's projectCLARUS - A FRAMEWORK FOR USER CENTRED PRIVACY AND SECURITY IN THE CLOUD (EC-H2020-644024)
For a long time, the Internet and web technologies have supported a more fluid interaction between public institutions and citizens through e-government. With this spirit, several public services are being offered online. One of such services, though not a standard one, is transparency. Strongly encouraged by open-data initiatives, transparency is being marketed as a powerful mechanism to fight corruption. Leveraging communication technologies, societies are broadly adopting online transparency practices to give the general public more control over the scrutiny of state institutions. However, a neglected implementation of transparency may cause almost unlimited access to large amounts of information, a side effect we call hyper-transparency. Inevitably, serious privacy risks arise for the individuals in this context. In this work, we analyze the emergence of hyper-transparent practices in Ecuador, a country recently involved in a fierce attempt to offer free access to public information as a fundamental right enabled through e-government. Moreover, we systematically dissect the large amount of microdata released online by Ecuadorian public institutions. Accordingly, we also unveil here a scenario where sensitive information of public employees is openly released under transparency laws. After exposing potential privacy violations, we elaborate on some mechanisms aimed at protecting citizens from such violations
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CitationRodríguez-Hoyos, A., Estrada-Jimenez, J., Urquiza, L., Parra-Arnau, J., Forne, J. Digital hyper-transparency: leading e-government against privacy. A: International Conference on E-Business and E-Government. "2018 International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG 2018): Ambato, Ecuador: 4-6 April 2018". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 263-268.