Your Privacy Is Important to Us! – Restoring Human Dignity in Data-Driven Marketing

31 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2021

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Jan Trzaskowski

Copenhagen Business School; Aalborg University

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Date Written: December 6, 2021


Your Privacy Is Important to Us! explores the application of EU consumer law—including data protection law and other fundamental rights—to data-driven business models that infringe on human agency, social cohesion and democratic debate. It suggests how our current legal framework can be informed by psychological, technological and societal perspectives to curb predatory business models of surveillance capitalism.

The book elucidates the potential for cross-fertilisation between data protection law and marketing law, and it demonstrates how the protection of human dignity, privacy and non-discrimination may corroborate these legal disciplines. It is argued that ‘paying with personal data’ is a misleading framing when, in fact, we pay with attention and agency—which are both scarcer and more precious than personal data and are also important in social and societal contexts. A three-tiered model of information asymmetry is introduced to illustrate why information does not ensure transparency, which is a prerequisite for user empowerment.

The aim is to inform and amplify ongoing debates by providing a coherent framing of data-driven marketing in the context of law, psychology, technology and society.

Keywords: Data-Driven Business Models, Human Dignity, GDPR, Marketing Law, Fundamental Rights

JEL Classification: K20, D80, K10

Suggested Citation

Trzaskowski, Jan, Your Privacy Is Important to Us! – Restoring Human Dignity in Data-Driven Marketing (December 6, 2021). Copenhagen Business School, CBS LAW Research Paper No. 21-10, Ex Tuto Publishing, Available at SSRN:

Jan Trzaskowski (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

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Aalborg University ( email )

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Aalborg, 9220

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