Big Data and Privatisation of Registers – Recent Developments and Thoughts from a Torrens Perspective

2018 (7) European Property Law Journal 1

31 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2019

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Rod Thomas

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law; University of Cambridge - Cambridge Centre for Property Law; European Law Institute; IPRA-CINDER; Australian College of Strata Lawyers

Lynden Griggs

University of Tasmania

Rouhshi Low

Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: January 28, 2018

Abstract

Torrens jurisdictions in Canada and Australia have recently privatised the operation of their registries. This trend is continuing. The imperatives to do this are overwhelming given the realisation of the value of material available from these registries makes them ripe for exploitation. This gives the Government an opportunity to distance itself from risk as well as derive income from imposed licence fees. This move is inevitable as we move continually towards an increasing awareness of the commercial value of Big Data. The issue is therefore how to responsibly manage this development on terms that both protect the retained data and the credibility of the operation of the registry.

Keywords: big data, privatisation, credible operation of automated land registries, trends to privatise land registry operations

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Rod and Griggs, Lynden and Low, Rouhshi, Big Data and Privatisation of Registers – Recent Developments and Thoughts from a Torrens Perspective (January 28, 2018). 2018 (7) European Property Law Journal 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3325548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3325548

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