The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law

Hardcover | December 17, 2015

byOrla Lynskey

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Nearly two decades after the EU first enacted data protection rules, key questions about the nature and scope of this EU policy, and the harms it seeks to prevent, remain unanswered. The inclusion of a Right to Data Protection in the EU Charter has increased the salience of these questions,which must be addressed in order to ensure the legitimacy, effectiveness and development of this Charter right and the EU data protection regime more generally. The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law is a timely and important work which sheds new light on this neglected area of law, challenging the widespread assumption that data protection is merely a subset of the right to privacy. By positioning EU data protection law within a comprehensive conceptualframework, it argues that data protection has evolved from a regulatory instrument into a fundamental right in the EU legal order and that this right grants individuals more control over more forms of data than the right to privacy. It suggests that this dimension of the right to data protectionshould be explicitly recognised, while identifying the practical and conceptual limits of individual control over personal data. At a time when EU data protection law is sitting firmly in the international spotlight, this book offers academics, policy-makers, and practitioners a coherent vision for the future of this key policy and fundamental right in the EU legal order, and how best to realise it.

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Nearly two decades after the EU first enacted data protection rules, key questions about the nature and scope of this EU policy, and the harms it seeks to prevent, remain unanswered. The inclusion of a Right to Data Protection in the EU Charter has increased the salience of these questions,which must be addressed in order to ensure the...

Orla Lynskey is Assistant Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, where she teaches in the fields of Digital Rights, Internet Law and Competition Law.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198718233

ISBN - 13:9780198718239

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Part I: CONCEPTUALISING EU DATA PROTECTION LAW1. Introduction2. The Key Characteristics of the EU Data Protection Regime3. The Dual Objectives of European Data Protection Regulation4. The Link Between Data Protection and Privacy in the EU Legal OrderPart II: THE ROLE OF 'INDIVIDUAL CONTROL' IN EU DATA PROTECTION LAW5. Reconciling Data Protection with Other Rights and Interests6. The Role of Individual Control over Personal Data in EU Data Protection Law7. The Limits of Individual Control Over Personal Data8. Conclusions and Future Prospects