Bookmark: "Datenschutz-Transparenz für Sehbehinderte"

Sebastian Greger


This blog post by the German privacy blog “Datenschutz-Notizen” poses more questions than it provides answers, but I find it noteworthy for bringing together three of my core interests: legal design, accessibility and privacy.

The text refers to a court ruling from Italy, where the operator of a facility for visually impaired people installed video surveillance equipment and was later found to, among other misconduct, have failed to inform the users of the space about being recorded in a manner compliant with the GDPR. Putting up signs and notes, the court found, is not sufficient when the target group are people who do not have the physical abilities to see those – the data processor failed to provide the required information and hence violated their privacy rights.

One possible solution the blog post discusses is audible information, which it at the same time admits comes with a range of practical questions. But overall, this is a brilliant example why inclusive thinking is important in the context of legal design as well – and creating inaccessible solutions (here: the printed notes in the surveilled space) may even come with legal implications.

I'm Sebastian, Sociologist and Interaction Designer. This journal is mostly about bringing toge­ther social science and design for inclusive, privacy-focused, and sustainable "human-first" digital strategies. I also tend to a "digital garden" with carefully curated resources.

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