Panel Description:

The right to privacy has gained its momentum. Privacy on the internet no longer is an illusion, that is, in some respects. A growing number of people actually care about their online privacy. But what if one person claims a right to free speech, and another wants respect for his privacy. With a growing number of internet users and  particularities of online speech, values inherent in the fundamental right to privacy seem to be particularly vulnerable. Europe, where privacy is rooted in the notion of dignity, became the norm entrepreneur in this respect. Both on the legislative as well as judicial level, there is an ongoing trend towards enhancing the protection of privacy, reputation and other personality rights in the online environment. However, such trend does not remain without an impact on the right of online freedom of speech.