Blockchain versus data protection

Christopher Kuner*, Fred H Cate, Orla Lynskey, Christopher Millard, Nora Ni Loideain, Dan Jerker B Svantesson

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It is not uncommon for technological developments to give rise to debates as to whether existing legal norms and regulatory frameworks will be disrupted or undermined. A recent, high-profile, example is blockchain.

Most of the popular excitement about blockchain, so far at least, relates to crypto-currencies, especially Bitcoin, and related financial products such as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Less visibly, but probably more importantly in the long run, a great deal of investment is going into the development of a broad range of blockchain applications in contexts ranging from registration of assets (including land) to self-executing (‘smart’) contracts. Notwithstanding widespread confusion about what exactly blockchain is or might become, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have caught the imagination of governments, businesses, and private investors, and they are increasingly a focus of attention for legislators and regulators worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-104
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Data Privacy Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018


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