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Law and the datasphere: an emerging legal realm 

We need new laws to regulate the world’s newest frontier: the datasphere

In coll. with S. Grumbach

20 October 2016

The rise of information technologies – smartphones, sensors spread across public and private spaces, data analytics, real time systems – has led to the production of considerable amounts of data on human activity and the world around us. Data gave rise to a new space, the “datasphere”, a sort of image of the physical world, with traces of activities – including our position at any given moment, our exchanges, the temperature of our homes, financial movements, trading of goods or road traffic. All of this poses a new challenge to the law, which has to define its own relationship with this modern sphere…

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