Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet
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Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet

Edited by Ian Brown

The internet is now a key part of everyday life across the developed world, and growing rapidly across developing countries. This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research on internet governance, written by the leading scholars in the field.
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Chapter 10: Data protection in a globalised network

Graham Greenleaf


This chapter provides an overview of the state of global data privacy law (also called ‘data protection’ and ‘information privacy’) as at mid-2011, with an emphasis on the extent to which such laws are able to deal with new technological challenges associated with the networking of the world resulting primarily from the development of the internet, particularly since 1995. Special attention is given to two most likely indicators of the directions in which global data privacy will develop: the EU Commission’s proposals for expansion of data privacy law set out in the report ‘A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union’ (EU Commission 2010); and the recent rapid expansion of new data privacy laws outside Europe.

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