Global Privacy Governance

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= research project of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)



"Within the spectrum of the research area Global Constitutionalism and the Internet, one of the main issues is data protection and privacy. The research projectGlobal Privacy Governance aims to conceptualise the processes of global regulation in this field by means of a multi-stakeholder process.

Understanding that the border-crossing dimension of the Internet is challenging the fragmented legislative approaches adopted by national legislatures explains why new legislative initiatives are undertaken to tackle the upcoming problems at a European level.

Together with the German Ministry of the Interior, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society therefore organised an international conference on ‘Data Protection in the 21st Century’ with about 300 experts, in order to discuss the EU Commission’s proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation.

Yet, given the global reach of the Internet, it has become clear that legislation even at European level cannot produce the desired effects, thus calling for a global problem-solving approach. Research efforts are therefore directed towards the question of how such a global approach could be conceptualized drawing on experiences with regulated self-regulation." (