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The University of Southampton
Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)

The GDPR: a data sharing enabler? Event

28 February 2018
Building 54, Room 4240, Highfield Campus

Event details

Abstract: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is often depicted as being over-restrictive or unsuited to the era of Big Data and data analytics. This picture, however, fails to show that despite the uncertainty generated by the entry into force of a new piece of legislation aiming to strengthen data subject rights, the GDPR is also intended to be a trust creator, requiring organisations to be more transparent about their personal data processing practices and to build data governance structures, i.e. arrangements of processes governing the way data is dealt with within and between entities. In this sense, the GDPR should also be seen as a data sharing enabler. However, building data governance structures for the purposes of GDPR compliance is resource intensive and requires more than traditional management of confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services within organisations. In this talk, I will argue that three fundamental principles should be at the core of any data governance structure and process: purpose specification preservation, dynamic protection adaptation and data quality assurance.

Speaker information

Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon,Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is Associate Professor in Information Technology / Intellectual Property Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton, specialising in Information Technology related issues. She is the Director of ILAWS, the Institute for Law and the Web and its new core iCLIC. She is a member of the Southampton Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence as well as a member of the Web Science Institute.

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