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Legal and Technical Aspects of Digital Privacy

From our smartphones to social networks, the vast majority of our information today is digital.

Processing this data can lead to significant improvements in our daily lives, but may also

present possibilities for abuse and therefore requires regulation. This working group aims

to critically analyse the interaction between legal requirements and technical possibilities:

symbiotic at times, conflicting at others.

The working group will approach the overall topic ‘digital privacy’ from two very different

perspectives: What is the legal framework governing data protection, i. e., which exigen-

cies does current legislation impose on data users? Can these legal requirements be met

by technology – and by what means? Digital privacy protection is a perfect showcase of the

interplay between European and national legislation, as well as the impact of European re-

gulation. Technically, the focus shall be on examining the threats to digital privacy, as well as

privacy-enhancing technologies: What are the risks of data collection and processing? What

can be done to secure our data?

Questions that may arise include: Are the current digital privacy safeguards sufficient, both

legally and technically? What role should jurisdiction play in digital privacy protection? All our

actions leave some type of digital footprint – how big is yours? How much is your personal

data worth? Algorithmic decision making – do we have a right to know? The twin question:

Should there be a right to be forgotten? Are you ever really anonymous? How can data pro-

tection regulation influence technology, and vice versa?

The lecturers come from very different backgrounds – with practical legal and computer

science experience. Their pivotal objective for this working group is to foster a deeper under-

standing of the interplay between the legal and technical aspects of digital privacy.

Lisa Kestler

Notarassessorin, Landesnotarkammer Bayern, Ochsenfurt

Andrew Paverd, DPhil

Department of Computer Science, Aalto University / Finnland

Studierende aller Fächer, die Interesse an europäischem Recht haben und offen

sind für technische Diskussionen; Vorwissen ist nicht notwendig.


bis zum 4. Semester


13. bis 26. August 2017