6 September 2017

Lecturer in law Henry Pearce has recently had a paper on the reform of European data protection law accepted for publication by a notable law journal.

Henry Pearce, lecturer in law at the University of Hertfordshire, has had an article focusing on the reform of European data protection law accepted for publication by Information & Communications Technology Law – a journal which focuses on legal issues relating to computers and information technology.

The article, entitled ‘Big Data and the Reform of the European Data Protection Framework: An Overview of Potential Concerns Associated with Proposals for Risk Management-based Approaches to the Concept of Personal Data’ considers the emergence of the phenomenon of big data and how it poses considerable theoretical and practical difficulties for the European Data Protection framework’s key enabling concept: the notion of personal data. The article outlines how there is an emerging body of opinion which suggests some of these problems might best be addressed by way of a shift to a risk management-based model of data protection and, whilst not intending to counsel against such a shift, contends that there are a number of complications associated with the adoption of risk management-based regulatory strategies which have to date have not been meaningfully explored in the legal and regulatory literature pertaining to data protection.

To this end, the article presents several areas which are in need of further consideration, and where there will likely be possibilities for future inter-disciplinary research.

For further information on Henry’s publications and current projects, please contact him via email on h.pearce@herts.ac.uk