A Flawed Crusade? The EU General Data Protection Regulation in the Age of AI

Seminar/Forum

A Flawed Crusade? The EU General Data Protection Regulation in the Age of AI

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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The EU regulatory framework for protection of personal data has recently undergone major reform, with the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as the centrepiece of this process. The GDPR evinces an intention on the part of EU law makers to ensure that contemporary data-processing trends – including the increasing deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decisional systems – do not ride roughshod over the fundamental rights and freedoms of individual persons. With its beefed-up sanctions regime, liberal rules for extra-territorial scope of application, and a large array of provisions for new or revamped rights and obligations, the GDPR is commonly presumed – also in Australia – to constitute the ‘gold standard’ globally for data protection and a key means of achieving ‘algorithmic accountability’. Nonetheless, its legitimacy remains contested in a variety of respects, with some critics claiming, in effect, that the EU data protection regime is an arcane, elitist endeavour amounting to little more than ‘tilting at windmills’. This seminar examines the merits of such claims.

Presenter

  • Professor Lee  A. Bygrave
    Professor Lee A. Bygrave , University of Oslo