Private Power Online: how does EU law fare?


Private Power Online: how does EU law fare?

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This presentation is based on Dr Angela Daly's recently published book, Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law, which has just been published by Hart.

The emergence of very large transnational private companies which provide critical Internet infrastructure and services has brought with it corresponding concerns about the power of these companies to control, surveil and otherwise influence our communications. Many of these companies also gather vast amounts of data by and about their users – a bank of data which has proved attractive to the public power of nation-states’ security and law enforcement agencies, which have accessed it in less than transparent and legitimate ways, as Edward Snowden’s revelations from 2013 attest.

Against this backdrop, and adopting a socio-legal methodology, this presentation considers some key topics, such as net neutrality, the Commission investigations into Google and the emergence of cloud computing, and considers how well existing EU legal and regulatory frameworks are able to protect individual Internet users’ interests vis-à-vis private power online.


  • Dr Angela  Daly
    Dr Angela Daly, Queensland University of Technology