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Data Protection Leader

Current Issue (March 2018)

Volume: 15 Issue: 3



About Data Protection Leader:

The monthly law publication which covers all aspects of data protection and data privacy. Topics covered include data transfers and outsourcing, data localisation and retention, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the e-Privacy Directive, data security, marketing and behavioural advertising, consent, employee monitoring, privacy compliance, risk management, DPO responsibilities, accountability, Privacy by Design, acquisition and mergers, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and Big Data / read more

DPL March 2018


Editorial: Regulating internet data uses for good


This year, my book The Future of Privacy will become five years old. In it I argued how the use of data could, and should, be regulated to enable technological innovation and protect people’s privacy at the same time. Today, this need is more real and urgent than ever. There is worldwide outrage at how our daily digital interactions are being tracked and manipulated for sinister purposes. Senior politicians and CEOs are getting involved in trying to sort out what is regarded as an indefensible invasion of our privacy at a global scale. But yet, whatever solutions are devised, they will need to be attuned to the reality we are all now used to: universal multimedia communications and the instantaneous availability of all human knowledge…for free. In other words, any approach that disregards this reality will surely fail to effectively safeguard the fundamental right to privacy and data protection.


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