The Origins and Meaning of Data Protection
92 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 13, 2020
This paper reproduces Part One of The DPO Handbook (SSRN publication 3428957) that provides guidance for data protection officers in the public and quasi-public sectors on how to ensure compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), written by the authors for the EU-funded “T4DATA” programme. It seeks to explain what data protection is and how it developed in Europe, and how the new and “modernised” European data protection instruments seek to address the latest technological developments. It was felt that these issues are of broader interest, also outside of that training project. In particular, it recalls the early beginnings of data protection and the people involved, and thereby provides a small record of matters the recollection of which is beginning to dim.
Keywords: data protection, privacy, international law
JEL Classification: K
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