"Data Protection beyond Data Rights: Governing Data Production through Collective Intermediaries" by CrimSL PhD candidate Jamie Duncan was published online by Internet Policy Review September 5, 2023.
Jamie says, "I wrote this piece as a bit of a reaction to Canada's proposed new privacy legislation, The Digital Charter Implementation Act. About a year ago, I co-authored an op-ed with Wendy H. Wong, "Data rights will not save democracy," in the Globe and Mail on the same topic."
Brief summary of the paper
Considering growing calls for more collective approaches to data protection, my paper details four types of proposed collective 'data intermediaries' – third parties that act as go-betweens for individual data sources and data collectors: data trusts, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), data cooperatives, and data unions. The upshot is that there is broad support for collective data governance interventions from across a wide range of ideological positions. This partial consensus presents an opportunity for law makers to extend and bolster individual rights by recognizing these 'data intermediaries' within existing privacy regimes.
Read the paper
Duncan, Jamie. 2023. “Data Protection beyond Data Rights: Governing Data Production through Collective Intermediaries.” Internet Policy Review 12(3).