Wednesday 25 May 2022
Area 42 Midi
CPDP and the Chair ‘Fundamental Rights and the Digital Transformation’ at VUB (BE)

Panel Description

In his book ‘Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power’, Ari Waldman shows how tech companies undermine privacy protections in practice. Building on years of research and interviews with privacy lawyers and professionals, his book reveals the layers of the tech industry’s stranglehold over privacy regulation. By dominating discourse, compliance, and design, the tech industry has managed to stack the cards against us and so effectively co-opt the privacy profession such that even those who call themselves privacy advocates on the inside do not realize how they are complicit in oppressive data extraction. In this special CPDP session, the author will provide an introduction to his book, and engage in a discussion with leading experts about the lessons and insights they draw from this insightful contribution to the field.

• What are the mechanisms through which corporate interests can dominate privacy work?
• What is the relevance of discourse and are there differences between Europe and the U.S. in this regard?
• Do we need more evidence in relation to privacy practices in Europe and the GDPR?
• In what way can privacy practices be made more meaningful in protecting privacy?

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