The Concept of ‘Information’: An Invisible Problem in the GDPR

Dara Hallinan and Raphaël Gellert, "The Concept of ‘Information’: An Invisible Problem in the GDPR" (2020) 17:2 SCRIPTed 269 https://script-ed.org/?p=3885 DOI: 10.2966/scrip.170220.269

51 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2020

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Dara Hallinan

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Raphael Gellert

Radboud University, Nijmegen

Date Written: August 1, 2020

Abstract

Information is a central concept in data protection law. Yet, there is no clear definition of the concept in law – in legal text or jurisprudence. Nor has there been extensive scholarly consideration of the concept. This lack of attention belies a concept which is complex, multifaceted and functionally problematic in the GDPR. This paper takes an in-depth look at the concept of information in the GDPR and offers up three theses: (i) the concept of information plays two different roles in the GPDR – as an applicability criterion and as an object of regulation; (ii) the substantive boundaries of the concepts populating these two roles differ; and (iii) these differences are significant for the efficacy of the GDPR as an instrument of law.

Keywords: Data Protection, GDPR, Information Theory, Genetic Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Suggested Citation

Hallinan, Dara and Gellert, Raphael, The Concept of ‘Information’: An Invisible Problem in the GDPR (August 1, 2020). Dara Hallinan and Raphaël Gellert, "The Concept of ‘Information’: An Invisible Problem in the GDPR" (2020) 17:2 SCRIPTed 269 https://script-ed.org/?p=3885 DOI: 10.2966/scrip.170220.269 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3678704

Dara Hallinan (Contact Author)

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure ( email )

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Germany

Raphael Gellert

Radboud University, Nijmegen ( email )

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Nijmegen, 6500 HK
Netherlands

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