Contract and consumer law

Vanessa Mak

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This chapter aims to give an overview of the contractual issues that have arisen in relation to the use of data. Since the use of data has far-reaching consequences for consumer markets, the chapter focuses on issues that have arisen in those markets and the regulatory responses that have emerged, or are emerging, in consumer law. It considers in particular what effects the use of data has on the autonomy of contracting parties and on the balance of contractual fairness, and examines three more specific issues for consumer contract law, namely transparency, payment with data, and the question whether the ‘consumer’ concept needs adjusting. The focus of this chapter is mainly on the EU, with occasional references to the US, seeing that Europe has developed a fairly coherent regime of harmonised consumer contract law that in many aspects already applies to data-related contracts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch handbook in data science and law
EditorsVanessa Mak, Eric Tjong Tjin Tai, Anna Berlee
Place of PublicationCheltenham UK, Northampton MA USA
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78811 130 0
ISBN (Print)978 1 78811 129 4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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