The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Toward a Property Regime for Protecting Data Privacy

16 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2013 Last revised: 18 Oct 2014

Jacob Victor

NYU School of Law

Date Written: November 4, 2013

Abstract

This Comment considers the new EU draft regulation on data privacy - especially its controversial provision establishing a "right to be forgotten" - and argues that the regulation implicitly creates the kind of propertized data regime that scholars proposed and debated a decade ago. The Comment identifies the key conceptual features of a data property regime, explains how the draft regulation implicitly embodies these features, and compares this property-centric framing to the human-rights framing that tends to dominate discussions of data privacy.

Keywords: Information Privacy, Right to Be Forgotten, Personal Data, General Data Protection Regulation, European Union, Property, Intellectual Property

Suggested Citation

Victor, Jacob, The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Toward a Property Regime for Protecting Data Privacy (November 4, 2013). 123 Yale Law Journal 513. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2317903

Jacob Victor (Contact Author)

NYU School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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