Privacy – An Endless Debate?
Professor Spiros Simitis
In this lecture, Professor Spiros Simitis will begin by discussing the famous article by William Prosser, Privacy, which appeared in the California Law Review fifty years ago. He will identify the comparable approaches in other legal systems, and especially in German law. He will also describe and analyze the gradual replacement of traditional privacy approaches by modern information privacy statutes, which are termed “data protection laws.” He concludes with a depiction of the increasingly awkward situation of privacy against the background of a constantly expanding Internet. Professor Spiros Simitis is the father of modern European information privacy law. Through his scholarship, policy entrepreneurship, and political engagement, he has played a uniquely significant role in shaping major European regulation in the area of privacy. Professor Simitis is a member of the German Bioethics Commission, the head of the Research Center for Data Protection Law at the Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main, and the Director for the Center for Advanced Research in the Humanities, Bad Homborg, Germany.
Paper can be found here: http://www.californialawreview.org/assets/pdfs/misc/prosser_privacy.pdf
Sponsor(s): BCLT and the California Law Review
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