The article concerns social aspects of gathering and processing data recorded on line. Changes in the forms of control enabled by the development of microelectronics and information and telecommunication technologies are the context of the analysis. The specific issues of the social space of the Internet include: possibilities to gather and process data regarding user's behaviour, processes of matching content with individual's profile, threats of spyware, and emergence of the political movement of privacy protection. Additionally, there is a brief review of hitherto empirical research on privacy and digital surveillance.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.