Data Protection in the Internet

  • Dário Moura Vicente
  • Sofia de Vasconcelos Casimiro

Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Dário Moura Vicente, Sofia de Vasconcelos Casimiro
    Pages 1-44
  3. Teresa Scassa
    Pages 55-76
  4. Radim Polčák, František Kasl, Jakub Míšek
    Pages 115-158
  5. Laurence Nicolas-Vullierme
    Pages 159-181
  6. Christina Breunig, Martin Schmidt-Kessel
    Pages 183-209
  7. Vassilios Kourtis
    Pages 211-241
  8. Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich
    Pages 243-251
  9. Alexandre Sousa Pinheiro
    Pages 271-283
  10. Lukman Adebisi Abdulrauf
    Pages 349-370
  11. Felisa María Corvo López
    Pages 371-395
  12. Dominic N. Staiger
    Pages 397-408
  13. Pedro A. de Miguel Asensio
    Pages 457-477
  14. José Augusto Fontoura Costa
    Pages 479-517
  15. Thomas Hoeren
    Pages 519-543

About this book


This book identifies and explains the different national approaches to data protection – the legal regulation of the collection, storage, transmission and use of information concerning identified or identifiable individuals – and determines the extent to which they could be harmonised in the foreseeable future.

In recent years, data protection has become a major concern in many countries, as well as at supranational and international levels. In fact, the emergence of computing technologies that allow lower-cost processing of increasing amounts of information, associated with the advent and exponential use of the Internet and other communication networks and the widespread liberalization of the trans-border flow of information have enabled the large-scale collection and processing of personal data, not only for scientific or commercial uses, but also for political uses. A growing number of governmental and private organizations now possess and use data processing in order to determine, predict and influence individual behavior in all fields of human activity. This inevitably entails new risks, from the perspective of individual privacy, but also other fundamental rights, such as the right not to be discriminated against, fair competition between commercial enterprises and the proper functioning of democratic institutions.

These phenomena have not been ignored from a legal point of view: at the national, supranational and international levels, an increasing number of regulatory instruments – including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation applicable as of 25 May 2018 – have been adopted with the purpose of preventing personal data misuse. Nevertheless, distinct national approaches still prevail in this domain, notably those that separate the comprehensive and detailed protective rules adopted in Europe since the 1995 Directive on the processing of personal data from the more fragmented and liberal attitude of American courts and legislators in this respect. In a globalized world, in which personal data can instantly circulate and be used simultaneously in communications networks that are ubiquitous by nature, these different national and regional approaches are a major source of legal conflict.


Personal Data Data Protection Privacy RGPD General Data Protection Regulation Right to be forgotten Data Retention Digital forensics E-commerce Cookies E-Marketing : Cybersecurity Territoriality Electronic communications Internet Cyberspace

Editors and affiliations

  • Dário Moura Vicente
    • 1
  • Sofia de Vasconcelos Casimiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Law SchoolUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Law SchoolUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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