Civil Rights and EU Citizenship
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Civil Rights and EU Citizenship

Challenges at the Crossroads of the European, National and Private Spheres

Edited by Sybe de Vries, Henri de Waele and Marie-Pierre Granger

The process of European integration has had a marked influence on the nature and meaning of citizenship in national and post-national contexts as well as on the definition and exercise of civil rights across Member States. This original edited collection brings together insights from EU law, human rights and comparative constitutional law to address this underexplored nexus.
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Chapter 11: The right to protection of personal data: the new posterchild of European Union citizenship?

Marie-Pierre Granger and Kristina Irion


This chapter argues that the right to data protection is the posterchild of EU citizenship in the digital era. It first provides a brief overview of the gradual construction of the right to personal data protection in the EU. It then identifies the key actors in the process of developing this new right of Union citizens, including those citizens themselves. It then reviews the current legal ‘architecture’ of the right to the protection of personal data and considers whether it could serve as a model for the future development of Union citizenship, notwithstanding remaining challenges at the level of national implementation and public and private compliance with EU rules. Finally, it reflects on the future of the right to data protection, and its contribution to the development of EU citizenship as a legal regime.

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