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.
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