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Sustainability and Welfare Policy in European Market Economies

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Edited By Jürgen Plöhn and George Chobanov

The articles in this volume are selected from the contributions to two international conferences. Authors and teams tackle general economic approaches and developments with respect to new concepts for the production possibility frontier, the connection of development and exports diversification and improvements to the business process. Other contributors address economic sustainability with respect to an institutional path to sustainable growth, available financial instruments, behavioral models of economic expectations, solutions for waste treatment as well as to technological aspects related to security, privacy and IT governance. Finally, a third group of authors discusses health policy in the EU and postsecondary education in Bulgaria as aspects of public welfare.

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Information Security and Privacy Aspects of Technologies for Sustainability – the Outlook for Germany (Johannes Schubert / Erik Mautsch / Sarfaraz Ghulam / Gerrit Tamm / Vladimir Stantchev)

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Johannes Schubert / Erik Mautsch / Sarfaraz Ghulam / Gerrit Tamm / Vladimir Stantchev

(SRH Hochschule Berlin, Germany)

Information Security and Privacy Aspects of Technologies for Sustainability – the Outlook for Germany1

Abstract: The growing field of Ambient Assistant Living (AAL) technologies can be defined as a strong supporter of sustainable development considering that they provide benefits in some social and ecological subjects: Since they are increasingly used for e-health applications they support human beings in controlling their physical condition which leads to a longer self-determined lifestyle. Another application example is the usage in areas with a lower level of personal medical care. Moreover, AAL technologies can lower the consumption of resources by providing efficient ways of documentation and data collection. Nevertheless, there are some restrictions to an unlimited use that can be found in the Privacy Law. As a law assisting personality rights and individual development, it is part of the sustainable orientation of the community, too.

In this work, the authors consolidate practical approaches regarding the influence of German Privacy Law in the health sector and its impact on the use of AAL technologies. Based on the research findings, it is demonstrated that current perceptions only consider isolated cases and their solutions on the one hand or complete overviews about the legal system on the other hand. To fill the gap between, the authors present a comprehensive approach for the practical usage of AAL in the health sector while taking the...

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