Big Data Challenges and Consumer Surveillance: A Comparative Legal Study of Privacy in Germany and China

Grant Data
Project Title
Big Data Challenges and Consumer Surveillance: A Comparative Legal Study of Privacy in Germany and China
Principal Investigator
Professor Cheung, Anne Shann Yue   (Principal investigator)
Dr Seitz Florian   (Co-Investigator)
Dr Lose Martin   (Co-Investigator)
Dr Chen Yongxi Clement   (Co-Investigator)
Professor Schulz Wolfgang Werner   (Co-principal investigator)
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Completion Date
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Big Data Challenges, Consumer Surveillance, Legal Study, Germany, China
Law,Data Mining
Germany/HK Joint Research Scheme
HKU Project Code
Grant Type
Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme
Funding Year
1) to find out how the "Big Data" undertakings impact on citizens’ privacy as well as civic engagement, and how to mitigate the impacts through legal reforms; 2) to study and analyse the emerging legal norms from the EU regime and German courts that have provided new normative basis to solve unprecedented problems in the ever advancing technological age; 3) to examine new conceptualization of privacy brought by Big Data under the EU’s and China’s current political and business settings. The conceptualization is built on the different dimensions of privacy, their underlying values, and the technologies involved; 4) to design a conceptual framework for intrusions of the former kind, an extensive literature review will be undertaken regarding the techno-social discussions on the technological watershed brought by Big Data, on the one hand, and to philosophical and legal doctrinal reflections on the concept of privacy as well as theories on surveillance by commercial industry, on the other; 5) to design a best governance model based on fair personal data practice tackling (1) violations of privacy in terms of individual control of personal data handling (determining the collection, use and dissemination of personally identifiable data) beyond the current model of consent; (2) invasions of privacy in terms of non-interference (remaining anonymity or free from decisional interference); 6) to address the specific challenges that a state will face on personal data protection and to explore ways to overcome them when different industries and stakeholders have conflicting interests.