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Data protection and space: What challenges will the General Data Protection Regulation face when dealing with space-based data?


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Recently, space or satellite technology, as well as space data applications, is developing rapidly, resulting in a variety of uses. At the same time, related legal issues raise questions about how they can be handled efficiently. In addition to pointing out the importance of managing satellite activities in a legally sound environment, this paper explains the relevance of the General Data Protection Regulation and the challenges it will face in handling space-based data, as well as in managing threats to privacy and personal data regarding the outer space context.

Keywords: GDPR; personal data; privacy; satellite; space-based data; technology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki 2: Professor and Director of Digital Economy, University of Vaasa

Publication date: December 1, 2020

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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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