Data Protection Authorities and Information Technology

Computer Law and Security Review, Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 11 May 2017 Last revised: 10 Jul 2017

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Charles D. Raab

University of Edinburgh

Ivan Szekely

Eotvos Karoly Policy Institute; OSA Archivum

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Date Written: May 5, 2017


The ability of data protection authorities (DPAs) to gain and deploy sufficient knowledge of new technological developments in their regulation of personal-information practices is an important consideration now and for the future. However, DPAs’ capacity to keep abreast of these developments has been questionable, and improvements in this are a matter of concern, especially given DPAs’ task requirements under the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article reports the findings of a recent survey of EU DPAs that explore the problems they have in comprehending new technologies and how they are dealing with them.

Keywords: data protection authorities, supervisory authorities, privacy, information technology, General Data Protection Regulation, survey, technological competence

Suggested Citation

Raab, Charles D. and Szekely, Ivan and Szekely, Ivan, Data Protection Authorities and Information Technology (May 5, 2017). Computer Law and Security Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Charles D. Raab (Contact Author)

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Ivan Szekely

OSA Archivum ( email )

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Eotvos Karoly Policy Institute ( email )

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