The rise of institutionalised ethics in the European data protection landscape

Casiraghi, S. (Speaker)

Activiteit: Talk or presentation at a workshop/seminar


Since at least the 1990s, the European Union (EU) has sought, through ethics advisers, to strike a balance between facilitating and promoting science and respecting the pluralism of European values, as a response to value conflicts related to e.g. biotechnologies.

Today, ethics has entered the regulatory landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and is becoming institutionalized at different levels, such as research ethics committees, ethics expert groups or standardization bodies. Ethics is expected to play a major role in governing digital technologies, which remains nevertheless ambiguous since it often claims to represent an objective point of view while lacking democratic legitimation and checks and balances guarantees. Since different actors invoke ethics in different contexts (e.g. scientific research, policy or industry) to achieve competing purposes, it is urgent to clarify where the ethics work is positioned and how it is articulated, as well as reflect on its effects on the law and other practices for regulating technologies.

This thesis examines the role of ethics in recent policy, legislative and industry-led initiatives in the EU’s AI and data protection European landscape. By articulating the consequences of this phenomenon on what has classically been thought of as data protection and privacy law, it draws lessons from data protection scholarship, moral philosophy and science and technology studies to provide theoretical and practical recommendations.
Periode15 mrt 2021
EvenementstitelBrussels Privacy Hub Privacy & Data Protection Doctoral Seminars