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Information Sovereignty

Data Privacy, Sovereign Powers and the Rule of Law

Radim Polcak and Dan J.B. Svantesson

This thought-provoking work elaborates on the assumption that information privacy is, in its essence, comparable to information sovereignty. This seemingly rudimentary observation serves as the basis for an analysis of various information instruments in domestic and international law. It also provides for the method to resolve situations where informational domains of individuals and/or states collide. Information Sovereignty combines a philosophical and methodological analysis of the phenomena of information, sovereignty and privacy. It also encompasses more practical discussions of cybersecurity and cross-border processing of personal data, including in the context of cross-border discovery of digital evidence.
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Acknowledgements

Data Privacy, Sovereign Powers and the Rule of Law

Radim Polcak and Dan J.B. Svantesson

When about to promote someone to an important position, Napoleon Bonaparte famously used to ask whether the person in question was ‘lucky’; Napoleon thus regarded luck as a personal attribute and, indeed, an attribute more important than being ‘good’. We feel very lucky to have had the chance to collaborate on this book – a book that is a result of a friendship that started 14 years ago, and common interests in data privacy law, international law and legal philosophy that date back even further.

In writing this book, we have been lucky to have the support of an institutional research grant from the Masaryk University, Faculty of Law.

We have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to present our ideas for this book at various events in Europe, North America and Australia, and it is lucky indeed that we have had the skilled assistance of Catherine Karcher to help make sense of the text produced by us (both of us with English as a second language).

Luckily, Edward Elgar Publishing agreed to publish our book and luckily the European Union's Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, kindly agreed to write the Foreword for our book.

Finally, we are very lucky to each have families (Jan Polčák, Petra Polčáková, Freja Svantesson, Felix Svantesson and Bianca Svantesson) who have patiently accepted the workload involved in writing this book, and the many evenings, weekends and early mornings devoted to the work.

In light of all this luck, we end by reconnecting to the wisdom of Emperor Bonaparte; we say nothing about whether we are ‘good’ academics, but we know that we are ‘lucky’, and we know we have a lot for which to be grateful.

Radim Polčák (Brno) and Dan Jerker B. Svantesson (Mudgeeraba)

31 December 2016