The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King: Religious and Political. Affiliation in Online Games as Data Protection Issue

Burkhard Schafer, Walter Hoetzendorfer

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Abstract

Participation in virtual online environments has for many people become a central aspect of their lives. As the distinction between digital and off-screen lives becomes increasingly blurred, and gamification introduces gaming aspects into social inter-actions far away from recreational gaming, questions of personal identity acquire new meaning. But how can we in law make sense of attributes that people acquire in a game environment? Are they potentially sensitive personal information, or are they of no relevance to the outside world? We look at two aspects of online games in par-ticular, in-world religion and in-world political affiliation, to explore this issue
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetzwerke - Networks
Subtitle of host publicationTagungsband des 19. Internationalen Rechtsinformatik Symposions IRIS2016
EditorsErich Schweighofer, Franz Kummer, Walter Hoetzendorfer, Georg Borges
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherOCG
Pages475-482
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783903035096
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2016
EventIRIS - Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 24 Feb 201627 Mar 2016

Conference

ConferenceIRIS
Country/TerritoryAustria
CitySalzburg
Period24/02/1627/03/16

Keywords

  • Data protection
  • MMPORG

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