Data As Counter-Performance: A New Way Forward Or A Step Back For The Fundamental Right Of Data Protection?

Laura Drechsler

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With the proposed Directive on digital content the Commission has tried to give legal reality to the fact that individuals «pay» for otherwise «free» services online with their personal data («data as counter-performance»). The legislative procedure has revealed severe doubts on the compatibility of this concept with the GDPR and the fundamental rights nature of data protection. This paper aims for reconciliation by considering the Directive as another means of data protection as a fundamental right, and by arguing for the enhanced practical opportunities using European consumer law can offer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDatenschutz & LegalTech/ Data Protection & LegalTech
Subtitle of host publicationDigitale Ausgabe zum Tagungsband des 21. Internationalen Rechtsinformatik Symposions IRIS2018
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2018
Event21. Internationale Rechtsinformatik Symposium (IRIS 2018): Data Protection and LegalTech - Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 22 Feb 201824 Feb 2018
Conference number: 21


Conference21. Internationale Rechtsinformatik Symposium (IRIS 2018)
Abbreviated titleIRIS 2018
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Bibliographical note

Laura Drechsler, Data as Counter-performance: A New Way Forward or a Step Back for the Fundamental Right of Data Protection?, in: Jusletter IT 22. Februar 2018.


  • Digital Content Directive
  • Data as Counter-Performance
  • Data Protection
  • Fundamental right of Data Protection
  • European Consumer Law


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    Drechsler, L. (Recipient), 22 Feb 2018

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