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The Golden Age of Personal Data: How to Regulate an Enabling Fundamental Right?

  • Manon Oostveen
  • Kristina Irion
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Part of the MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law book series (MSIP, volume 28)

Abstract

New technologies, purposes and applications to process individuals’ personal data are being developed on a massive scale. But we have not only entered the ‘golden age of personal data’ in terms of its exploitation: ours is also the ‘golden age of personal data’ in terms of regulation of its use. In this contribution, we investigate what the objective of fundamental rights protection is as regards privacy and data protection. Understood as an enabling right, the architecture of EU data protection law is capable of protecting against many of the negative short- and long-term effects of contemporary data processing. Against the backdrop of big data applications, we evaluate how the implementation of privacy and data protection rules protect against the short- and long-term effects of contemporary data processing. We conclude that from the perspective of protecting individual fundamental rights and freedoms, it would be worthwhile to explore alternative (legal) approaches instead of relying on EU data protection law alone to cope with contemporary data processing.

Keywords

Privacy Data protection Enabling fundamental rights Big data General Data Protection Regulation Automated decision making and profiling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Information Law, University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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