Personal Data and Identifiers: Some Issues Regarding General Data Protection Regulations

  • Sung ChunhsienEmail author
  • Lu Shangchien
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 264)


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.


Data protection Personal data identifiers GDPR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil and Commercial LawBeijing Institute of TechnologyZhuhaiChina

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