Do privacy and data protection rules apply to legal persons and should they? A proposal for a two-tiered system

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Abstract

Privacy and data protection rules are usually said to protect the individual against intrusive governments and nosy companies. These rights guarantee the individual's freedom, personal autonomy and human dignity, among others. More and more, however, legal persons are also allowed to invoke the rights to privacy and data protection. Prima facie, it seems difficult to reconcile this trend with the standard interpretation of those rights, as legal persons do not enjoy freedom, personal autonomy or human dignity and it seems uncertain why business interests should be protected under privacy and data protection rules. On second thoughts, however, it appears rather unproblematic to grant legal persons partial protection under these regimes, especially when it recognizes general duties of care for data processors and governmental agencies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-45
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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