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The Unaccountable State of Surveillance

Exercising Access Rights in Europe

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  • Is the first substantive study of exercising access rights across a range of European countries

  • Ties in with the rising public awareness of data protection, surveillance and privacy issues arising from the Edward Snowden revelations

  • Employs a 'law in action' approach- consisting of rich auto-ethnographic and comparative methodological approaches

  • Presents detailed findings from a unique, large-scale research project

Part of the book series: Law, Governance and Technology Series (LGTS, volume 34)

Part of the book sub series: Issues in Privacy and Data Protection (ISDP)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Methodological Remarks

    • Xavier L’Hoiry, Clive Norris
    Pages 9-20
  3. A European Perspective on Data Protection and the Right of Access

    • Antonella Galetta, Paul de Hert
    Pages 21-43
  4. Exercising Access Rights in Austria

    • Jaro Krieger-Lamina
    Pages 45-76
  5. Exercising Access Rights in Belgium

    • Antonella Galetta, Paul de Hert
    Pages 77-108
  6. Exercising Access Rights in Germany

    • Nils Zurawski
    Pages 109-133
  7. Exercising Access Rights in Hungary

    • Ivan Szekely, Beatrix Vissy
    Pages 135-180
  8. Exercising Access Rights in Italy

    • Chiara Fonio, Alessia Ceresa
    Pages 181-218
  9. Exercising Access Rights in Luxembourg

    • Roger von Laufenberg
    Pages 219-255
  10. Exercising Access Rights in Norway

    • Rocco Bellanova, Stine Bergersen, Maral Mirshahi, Marit Moe-Pryce, J. Peter Burgess
    Pages 257-296
  11. Exercising Access Rights in Slovakia

    • Erik Láštic
    Pages 297-323
  12. Exercising Access Rights in Spain

    • Gemma Galdon-Clavell
    Pages 325-358
  13. Exercising Access Rights in the United Kingdom

    • Xavier L’Hoiry, Clive Norris
    Pages 359-404

About this book

This book examines the ability of citizens across ten European countries to exercise their democratic rights to access their personal data. It presents a socio-legal research project, with the researchers acting as citizens, or data subjects, and using ethnographic data collection methods. The research presented here evidences a myriad of strategies and discourses employed by a range of public and private sector organizations as they obstruct and restrict citizens' attempts to exercise their informational rights. The book also provides an up-to-date legal analysis of legal frameworks across Europe concerning access rights and makes several policy recommendations in the area of informational rights. It provides a unique and unparalleled study of the law in action which uncovered the obstacles that citizens encounter if they try to find out what personal data public and private sector organisations collect and store about them, how they process it, and with whom they share it. These are simple questions to ask, and the right to do so is enshrined in law, but getting answers to these questions was met by a raft of strategies which effectively denied citizens their rights. The book documents in rich ethnographic detail the manner in which these discourses of denial played out in the ten countries involved, and explores in depth the implications for policy and regulatory reform.

Keywords

  • ARCO rights (access, rectification, cancellation, and objection)
  • Analysis of Exercising Access Rights
  • Analyzing redress mechanisms
  • Citizens’ personal information
  • Comparative legal analyses
  • Data controllers
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Disclosure activities
  • Edward Snowden
  • Ethnographic-based research methods
  • European Directive on Data protection
  • Exercising Access Rights
  • Exercising subject access rights
  • Informational Rights in Europe
  • OECD’s guidelines
  • Protection of personal data
  • State and private agencies
  • Surveillance practices
  • Trans-border flows of personal data
  • Unaccountable State of Surveillance

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Clive Norris, Xavier L'Hoiry

  • Law, Science, Technology & Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

    Paul de Hert

  • Studies of Law, LSTS Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

    Antonella Galetta

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USD 169.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-47573-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)