Data Protection Authorities and Information Technology

Charles Raab, Ivan Szekely

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The ability of data protection authorities (DPAs) to gain and deploy sufficient knowledge of new technological developments in their regulation of personal-information practices is an important consideration now and for the future. However, DPAs' capacity to keep abreast of these developments has been questionable, and improvements in this are a matter of concern, especially given DPAs' task requirements under the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article reports the findings of a recent survey of EU DPAs that explore the problems they have in comprehending new technologies and how they are dealing with them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Early online date29 May 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 May 2017


  • data protection authorities
  • supervisory authorities
  • privacy
  • information technology
  • general data protection
  • survey
  • technological competence

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