Jean Monnet Network on enforcement of EU law (EULEN)

YRP Projects

Digital Technologies, Data Protection and Collective Actions (by Marina Federico)

In the data-driven economy, online markets are ruled by a few powerful players. Personal data are regarded as the new oil of our age; however, economic freedoms should not outweigh fundamental rights, such as privacy, self-determination, non-discrimination and, amongst others, data protection. In her research, Marina investigates whether it is possible to implement an effective enforcement system of privacy rights in the Big Data era, including public and private actors. The research examines how Information and Communication Technologies affect the right to data privacy, as well as the existing legal framework in the EU and possible remedies. Marina adopts a comparative law methodology, looking also at the US legal system. She mainly combines private law and civil procedure, with an interdisciplinary approach.


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Ca’ Foscari University