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Profiling in the Public Sector under the General Data Protection Regulation

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Both public authorities and private corporations gather and store vast amounts of data from individuals. As the needs of citizens may span the purview of several authorities and sectors concurrently, the ability to draw data from a multitude of sources and create profiles of individuals may improve both service levels and accuracy of decision making of public authorities. This paper investigates the new rules in the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) balancing the many upsides of profiling and the inherent need for safeguarding the rights of the subjected individuals.
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Keywords: GDPR; automated decision-making; big data; profiling; public sector; safeguards

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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  • Journal of Data Protection & Privacy publishes in-depth, peer-reviewed articles, case studies and applied research on all aspects of data protection, information security and privacy issues across the European Union and other jurisdictions, in the wake of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the biggest change in data protection and privacy for two decades.
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