New book published: New Technology, Big Data and the Law

A new book — New Technology, Big Data and the Law — has been recently published by Springer.

This edited collection brings together a series of interdisciplinary contributions in the field of Information Technology Law. The topics addressed in this book cover a wide range of theoretical and practical legal issues that have been created by cutting-edge Internet technologies, primarily Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cloud computing. Consideration is also given to more recent technological breakthroughs that are now used to assist, and — at times — substitute for, human work, such as automation, robots, sensors, and algorithms.
The chapters presented in this edition address these issues from the perspective of different legal backgrounds. The first part of the book discusses some of the shortcomings that have prompted legislators to carry out reforms with regard to privacy, data protection, and data security. Notably, some of the complexities and salient points with regard to the new European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the new amendments to the Japan’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) have been scrutinized.
The second part looks at the vital role of Internet intermediaries (or brokers) for the proper functioning of the globalized electronic market and innovation technologies in general. The third part examines an electronic approach to evidence with an evaluation of how these technologies affect civil and criminal investigations. The authors also explore issues that have emerged in e-commerce, such as Bitcoin and its blockchain network effects.
The book aims to explain, systemize and solve some of the lingering legal questions created by the disruptive technological change that characterizes the early twenty-first century.

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New book on African Data Privacy Laws

A new book—African Data Privacy Laws (ed) Alex Makulilo— has been recently published by Springer. This volume presents analyses of data protection systems in 20 jurisdictions in Africa. In addition, it covers all sub-regional and regional data privacy policies in Africa including the recently adopted African Union Cyber Security and Data Protection Convention 2014.
Apart from analysing data protection law, the book focuses on the socio-economic contexts, political settings and legal culture in which privacy laws developed and operate in Africa. It bases its analyses on the African legal culture and comparative international data privacy law. This book promises to be a valuable source of literature about privacy and data protection law in Africa and its recent developments of which I am happy to have contributed the chapter on Nigeria.

Weitere Publikationen

Zwei weitere Publikationen für einerseits die „Neue Zeitschrift für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht (NZI) sowie für das „European Legal Forum“ wurden von unserem wissenschaftlichem Mitarbeiter Björn Steinrötter verfasst und veröffentlicht.

Erstere unter dem Titel:

– Berücksichtigung dauerhaft einredebehafteter Verbindlichkeiten im
insolvenzrechtlichen Überschuldungsstatus?,
Neue Zeitschrift für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht (NZI) 2015,
919-923 (zusammen mit Dr. P. Meier)


– Liability pursuant to Art. 35a Rating Regulation – Merely of Symbolic Nature?,
European Legal Forum (EuLF) 4-2015, 92-99 (zusammen mit J. Erfurth)