The discussion concerning the privatisation of safety, but also the privatisation of other tasks that have been traditionally carried out by the state authorities, has been marked by irrational arguments. A number of these arguments are set out here. After that, a more rational approach to the privatisation of social safety is proposed. In the final part of this paper an analysis is made of the academic disciplines that are involved with safety and a number of suggestions as to which disciplines would appear to be the most adequate ones to deal with this area are put forward.

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Informatica en Recht; Informatics and Law