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Platform Privacy: The Missing Piece of Data Protection Legislation
Arcada University of Applied Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: JIPITEC: Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law, ISSN 2190-3387, Vol. 7, no 1, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After years of deliberation, the EU commission sped up the reform process of a common EU digital policy considerably in 2015 by launching the EU digital single market strategy. In particular, two core initiatives of the strategy were agreed upon: General Data Protection Regulation and the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive law texts. A new initiative was additionally launched addressing the role of online platforms. This paper focuses on the platform privacy rationale behind the data protection legislation, primarily based on the proposal for a new EU wide General Data Protection Regulation. We analyse the legislation rationale from an Information System perspective to understand the role user data plays in creating platforms that we identify as “processing silos”. Generative digital infrastructure theories are used to explain the innovative mechanisms that are thought to govern the notion of digitalization and successful business models that are affected by digitalization. We foresee continued judicial data protection challenges with the now proposed Regulation as the adoption of the “Internet of Things” continues. The findings of this paper illustrate that many of the existing issues can be addressed through legislation from a platform perspective. We conclude by proposing three modifications to the governing rationale, which would not only improve platform privacy for the data subject, but also entrepreneurial efforts in developing intelligent service platforms. The first modification is aimed at improving service differentiation on platforms by lessening the ability of incumbent global actors to lock-in the user base to their service/platform. The second modification posits limiting the current unwanted tracking ability of syndicates, by separation of authentication and data store services from any processing entity. Thirdly, we propose a change in terms of how security and data protection policies are reviewed, suggesting a third party auditing procedure.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 1, 1-17 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-61092DiVA: diva2:1056803
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved

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