This situation is worrying and could play a key role in inter-community negotiations according to Elise Degrave: “Qwhen we will have to recover information from Walloons and Brussels residents, if they are in Flanders, it could be used as a bargaining chip. I’m also not saying that’s what some people have in mind, but it’s technically possible. However, itWhat is technically feasible is not necessarily democratically acceptable.“
The management of personal databases has now become a major democratic issue. It must be governed by a strict and transparent legal framework. The fear today is that we no longer understand anything about how they work and that they will thus escape democratic control. The digital law researcher warns: “Lhe risk is to switch from a democracy where the power is given to the citizens to a technocracy where the power would be given to these technicians who make the algorithms, who set up the databases, who decide where they are hosted. These are a priori technical questions, but which must be taken up by politicians and citizens“
Lhe risk is to switch from a democracy to a technocracy where power is in the hands of the technicians who make the algorithms.