Book Review: The Fundamental Right to Data Protection: Normative Value in the Context of Counter-Terrorism Surveillance, Maria Tzaznou
Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 2018, 24 (5), 134-135
Posted: 2 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 3, 2017
The Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes to the legal framework for data protection in the EU. Of note is the introduction of an explicit basis for data protection legislation in art.16 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), as well as the inclusion of a right to data protection, recognised in art.8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (ECFR) alongside the right to privacy (art.7 ECFR). Since then, several authors have been trying to understand the link between data protection and privacy and what exactly has changed. The book’s author, Professor Maria Tzanou, asks the same question, or, in her own words, "what is the added value of a right to personal data protection?" (p.1). To find the answer to this question, the author proposes a reconceptualisation of data protection as a fundamental right, and applies her hypothesis in four case studies of counter-terrorism surveillance.
Keywords: Data protection; Book Review; Counter-terrorism surveillance
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