The data protection credibility crisis

Christopher Kuner, Fred H Cate, Christopher Millard, Dan Jerker B Svantesson, Orla Lynskey

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The Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci once wrote (in translation) that ‘the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms appear’.1 Although Gramsci was not speaking about data privacy, it seems to us that this statement could apply to the current state of data protection regulation around the world, which is marked by a realization that existing regulatory models are not working effectively, the lack of political will to explore alternatives, and general frustration about how to improve the situation. This has led to a credibility gap between the objectives of data protection law and how personal data are protected in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-162
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Data Privacy Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2015


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