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Matica’s CEO Sandro Camilleri Ponders Data Privacy

Since the September 11 attacks in 2001, the United States has restructured its strategies toward data management, surveillance systems, and privacy. Asian countries rely heavily on data-based systems, but Western democracies tend to aim for a balance between security and privacy.

In other words, governments in the West struggle with how to safeguard their citizens without exposing or demanding too much personal data.

Matica’s Technologies Guarantee High Levels of Privacy

Cyberattacks and data leaks are unfortunately not rare these days. However, many people are completely unaware of the risks of such incidents.

Matica is a leading European company in the processing and printing of cards and identification documents for security systems. Moreover, MaticaTechnologies uses up-to-the-minute techniques based on lasers and holograms. These methods guarantee the highest levels of security in both the private and the public sectors.

Privacy Is a Sensitive Topic

Matica’s CEO Sandro Camilleri has more than 20 years of experience in the field. He has come to believe that management of personal data and privacy is a delicate subject.

“The truth is that when we talk about privacy we are talking about a very serious topic. This involves our vision of the world and of the future. Therefore, every discussion on the topic must be addressed by clarifying in advance what is at stake.”

Do We Want a Closed World or an Open One?

Camilleri asks whether people want a closed world or an open one. In other words, do we want high levels of privacy based on barriers and strict borders? Or do we long for a more open world?

In an open world, there would be an easy exchange between the planet’s diverse cultures. It would be a world in which people could move with more freedom. “If we lean toward the second hypothesis, the fundamental condition to achieve this is safety. And safety necessarily starts with identification,” he argues.

For that exchange to happen safely, states must be technologically prepared to issue identification documents. Moreover, they must be ready to deal with information that comes both from these document chips as well as with what is already in the public domain, such as data published on social media.

According to Camilleri, most of the time the debate on privacy fails to account for the fact that data privacy isn’t so much about control as it is about freedom.


Defense of Life Comes First for Camilleri

Matica’s CEO thus suggests that we ponder, as a community, what we want to focus on when it comes to data privacy. “It is easy to be indignant if you are asked for your fingerprints at Customs to access the US. It is harder to come to grips with a terrorist attack that perhaps could have been avoided, not to mention the case in which a loved one was lost, like the Bataclan attacks in Paris.”

In other words, what Camilleri stresses is that although people frequently worry about privacy, often these concerns are hypocritical. In fact, most individuals don’t even read the forms, which are the very documents that cancel the effects of privacy laws. “The defense of life comes in the first place for me. And one of the ways to ensure this is to guarantee reliable digital identification tools, like the ones we produce every day with Matica,” he concludes.