Can privacy impact assessment mitigate civil liability? A precautionary approach

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Privacy impact assessment (PIA) is now considered an important tool to address privacy challenges of the digital era. Unless PIA is already mandatory, regulators need to provide incentive to both public and private sector to conduct PIA and thus a potential limitation or even exclusion of civil liability seems attractive. In this paper we try to understand why PIA can impact this liability by going back to its foundation, i.e. the precautionary principle. In result, a good PIA could demonstrate no fault was committed or could allow resorting to the so-called development risk defence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformation juristischer Sprachen
EditorsErich Schweighofer, Franz Kummer, Walter Hötzendorfer
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherOsterreichische Computer Gesellschaft
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-3-85403-288-5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2012
EventInternationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion: Transformation juristischer Sprachen - Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 23 Feb 201225 Feb 2012

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NameTagungsband des 15. Internationalen Rechtsinformatik Symposions IRIS 2012


ConferenceInternationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion
Abbreviated titleIRIS
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  • privacy
  • data protection
  • privacy impact assessment
  • strict liability
  • fault liability
  • precautionary principle
  • development risk defence
  • PIA
  • liability
  • environmental liability


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