Data Sensitivity: Proposals for Resolving the Conundrum

Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 190-201

17 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2009 Last revised: 16 Jun 2017

Date Written: April 13, 2007

Abstract

The EU Directive 95/46/EC specifically demarcates categories of sensitive data meriting special protection. It is important to review the continuing relevance of existing categories of sensitive data in the light of changes in societal structures and advances in technology. This paper draws on interviews with privacy and data protection experts from a range of countries and disciplines and findings from the Information Commissioner’s annual telephone survey of the British public in order to explore satisfaction with the current categories of sensitive data. It will be shown that the current classification of sensitive data appears somewhat outdated and thus ineffective for determining the conditions of data processing. Finally, possible reform proposals will be reviewed, including a purpose-based approach and context-based approach.

Keywords: privacy, data protection, personal, sensitive, survey

Suggested Citation

McCullagh, Karen, Data Sensitivity: Proposals for Resolving the Conundrum (April 13, 2007). Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 190-201. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1378121

Karen McCullagh (Contact Author)

UEA Law School ( email )

University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uea.ac.uk/law/people/profile/k-mccullagh

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