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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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Data Privacy, Sovereign Powers and the Rule of Law

Radim Polcak and Dan J.B. Svantesson

AEPD           Agencia Española de Protección de Datos

ccTLD          country code top-level domain

CDA             Communication Decency Act (US)

CERT            Computer Emergency Response Team

Ch D             Chancery Division

CIA               Central Intelligence Agency

CJEU             Court of Justice of the European Union

CLR               Commonwealth Law Reports

CSIRT           Computer Security Incident Response Team

DPA               Data Protection Authority

ECtHR           European Court of Human Rights

ETS               European Treaty Series

FBI                Federal Bureau of Investigation

FCC               Federal Communications Commission

FCR               Federal Court Reports

GATS             General Agreement on Trade in Services

HADOPI        Haute Autorité pour la Diffusion des œuvres et la Protection des droits d'auteur sur Internet

HRC               Human Rights Council

ICANN          Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

ICJ                 International Court of Justice

ICT                information and communications technology

ILA                International Law Association

IP                   Intellectual property

ISP                 Internet Service Provider / Information Society Service Provider

MLA              Mutual Legal Assistance

NATO             North Atlantic Trade Organization

NSA               National Security Agency

NSWCA         New South Wales Court of Appeals

NSWSC          New South Wales Supreme Court

PCA                Permanent Court of Arbitration

PCIJ                Permanent Court of International Justice

PIPEDA          Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada)

SPEECH Act   Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act (US)

T-CY              Le Comité de la Convention sur la cybercriminalité

UDRP            Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy

WTO              World Trade Organization

WWW            World Wide Web