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Volume: 14 Issue: 2
(February 2017)

Keywords:
privacy shield gdpr eu data reform harmonisation

Authors:
eduardo ustaran

Organisations:
hogan lovells

Jurisdictions:
international

Editorial: Privacy and hope

We are living through truly turbulent times. Whether it is politicians displaying irresponsibly bullying behaviour or emboldened thugs championing hate speech, our society seems to have taken a turn for the worse in a matter of months. In the world of data and technology, there are times where our hunger for Big Data appears to have spiralled out of control leaving people at the mercy of machines cleverly programmed to extract every penny out of our digital existence. Has the promised land of the 21st century information economy been ruined already? Is it all going downhill from here then? Uncertainty has become the accepted new normal, but yet, believe it or not, there are reasons to be hopeful and to think that the world can still prosper without our privacy being lost in the process.

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