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Because of the essential nature of information in the affairs of society, governments, and institutions, computer- and communications-based systems are creating new aspects of personal privacy threats. This paper, originally presented as the keynote speech at IFIP/SEC 1985 at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, on August 13, 1985, examines emergent privacy issues (e.g. those related to electronic mail and internetting of systems), and relates them to security requirements and to difficulties of designing laws. It suggests a possible legal environment to accommodate problems to be faced.

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