Personal Data and Identifiers: Some Issues Regarding General Data Protection Regulations
This paper investigates the identifier in general data protection regulations in relation to personal information and privacy matters. The paper compares different legal systems regarding protection of personal information, taking the system of general data regulation (as adopted by the EU and by China) as the most influential protective regime. Because general data is defined as any information related to a person, the key term “identifier” becomes excessively broad in its application. The second half of this paper contributes to the discussion about identifiers and the de-identification process envisaged in the regulations, addressing certain criticisms of the identifier provisions.
KeywordsData protection Personal data identifiers GDPR
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