Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on Strategy, Policy, Law and Privacy

Health and Technology (2017) DOI 10.1007/s12553-017-0190-6

Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 17-22

16 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2020

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Pompeu Casanovas

La Trobe Law School; Autonomous University of Barcelona - IDT

Louis de Koker

La Trobe Law School

Danuta Mendelson

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School

David Watts

La Trobe University - School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2017

Abstract

This article encapsulates selected themes from the Australian Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre’s Law and Policy program. It is the result of a discussion on the regulation of Big Data, especially focusing on privacy and data protection strategies. It presents four complementary perspectives stemming from governance, law, ethics, and computer science. Big, Linked, and Open Data constitute complex phenomena whose economic and political dimensions require a plurality of instruments to enhance and protect citizens’ rights. Some conclusions are offered in the end to foster a more general discussion.

This article contends that the effective regulation of Big Data requires a combination of legal tools and other instruments of a semantic and algorithmic nature. It commences with a brief discussion of the concept of Big Data and views expressed by Australian and UK participants in a study of Big Data use in a law enforcement and national security perspective. The second part of the article highlights the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy interest in the themes and the focus of their new program on Big Data. UK law reforms regarding authorisation of warrants for the exercise of bulk data powers is discussed in the third part. Reflecting on these developments, the paper closes with an exploration of the complex relationship between law and Big Data and the implications for regulation and governance of Big Data.

Keywords: Big Data, Linked Data, Regulation Law, Data Protection, Privacy

JEL Classification: C80; K30

Suggested Citation

Casanovas, Pompeu and de Koker, Louis and Mendelson, Danuta and Watts, David, Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on Strategy, Policy, Law and Privacy (June 1, 2017). Health and Technology (2017) DOI 10.1007/s12553-017-0190-6; Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 17-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2989689

Pompeu Casanovas

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

Autonomous University of Barcelona - IDT ( email )

Institute of Law and Technology
Faculty of Law, Cerdanyola del Valles
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Spain
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Louis De Koker

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

Danuta Mendelson (Contact Author)

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School ( email )

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David Watts

La Trobe University - School of Law ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

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