Why privacy law has been disappointingly powerless in today’s data-driven society?

DCU Law and Tech hosts and takes part in many events discussing research, publications, projects and key issues at play between Legislation and Technology.

Tuesday 30 January 2024
Online and in person (SA217 on Glasnevin Campus, DCU)

The Law and Tech Research Cluster, in partnership with the EMILDAI Programme, is delighted to invite you to the following book presentation, followed by a discussion as part of our Ethics and Privacy Week 2024:

Why privacy law has been disappointingly powerless in today’s data-driven society?

The Privacy Fallacy, Ignacio Confone, McGill University, Montréal

Our privacy is besieged by tech companies. Companies can do this because our laws are built on outdated ideas that trap lawmakers, regulators, and courts into wrong assumptions about privacy, resulting in ineffective legal remedies to one of the most pressing concerns of our generation. Drawing on behavioral science, sociology, and economics, Ignacio Cofone challenges existing laws and reform proposals and dispels enduring misconceptions about data-driven interactions. This exploration offers readers a holistic view of why current laws and regulations fail to protect us against corporate digital harms, particularly those created by AI. Cofone then proposes a better response: meaningful accountability for the consequences of corporate data practices, which ultimately entails creating a new type of liability that recognizes the value of privacy.

The seminar will be both online and in person (SA217 on Glasnevin Campus, DCU).


Dr Edoardo Celeste
Associate Professor at the School of Law & Government of Dublin City University and Deputy Director of the DCU Law Research Centre

Dr Ignacio Cofone
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence Law & Data Governance at McGill University’s Faculty of Law