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, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 335–349 | Cite as

Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on strategy, policy, law and privacy

  • Pompeu CasanovasEmail author
  • Louis De Koker
  • Danuta Mendelson
  • David Watts
Original Paper
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Privacy and Security of Medical Information


This article encapsulates selected themes from the Australian Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre’s Law and Policy program. It is the result of a discussion on the regulation of Big Data, especially focusing on privacy and data protection strategies. It presents four complementary perspectives stemming from governance, law, ethics, and computer science. Big, Linked, and Open Data constitute complex phenomena whose economic and political dimensions require a plurality of instruments to enhance and protect citizens’ rights. Some conclusions are offered in the end to foster a more general discussion.


Big Data Linked Data Regulation Law Data protection Privacy 



This article is an outcome of Melbourne-based researchers of the Law and Policy Program of the Australian government-funded Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (, with the cooperation of the UAB Institute of Law and Technology (DER2012-39492-C02-01, and DER2016-78108-P).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC Ltd., ABN 45168769677; Project DC160051 - Practical perspectives on a balanced, enabling regulatory framework for data-based decision-support technologies used by law enforcement and national security in Australia.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study (not applicable).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law and Policy Program: Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre and La Trobe Law SchoolLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Law and Technology, Faculty of LawAutonomous University of BarcelonaCerdanyola del VallèsSpain
  3. 3.Law and Policy to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre, Formerly Chair in Law (Research)School of Law Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data ProtectionVICAustralia
  5. 5.Big Data and Open Data Lead of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy and Global Pulse’s Data Privacy Advisory Group (United Nations)New York CityUSA

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