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The control over personal data: True remedy or fairy tale ?

Christphe Lazaro 1, 2 Daniel Le Métayer 1, 2 
2 PRIVATICS - Privacy Models, Architectures and Tools for the Information Society
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, CITI - CITI Centre of Innovation in Telecommunications and Integration of services, Inria Lyon
Abstract : This research report undertakes an interdisciplinary review of the concept of “control” (i.e. the idea that people should have greater “control” over their data), proposing an analysis of this con-cept in the field of law and computer science. Despite the omnipresence of the notion of control in the EU policy documents, scholarly literature and in the press, the very meaning of this concept remains surprisingly vague and under-studied in the face of contemporary socio-technical environments and practices. Beyond the current fashionable rhetoric of empowerment of the data subject, this report attempts to reorient the scholarly debates towards a more comprehensive and refined understanding of the concept of control by questioning its legal and technical implications on data subject’s agency.
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Christphe Lazaro, Daniel Le Métayer. The control over personal data: True remedy or fairy tale ?. [Research Report] RR-8681, Inria - Research Centre Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes; INRIA. 2015, pp.25. ⟨hal-01141461v2⟩



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