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Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Felix Wu on “Narrowing the Gap Between European and American Approaches to Privacy” (HUCELL)

  • Wann 25.10.2018 von 14:00 bis 15:30
  • Wo Unter den Linden 9 (Altes Palais), Room 210
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Public Lecture of The Doctoral Programme EPEDER - "Unity and Difference in the European Legal Area" by
Prof. Dr. Felix Wu (Cardozo Law School)

“Narrowing the Gap Between European and American Approaches to Privacy”.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has focused attention again on the gap between privacy law in Europe and in the United States. And indeed, there is a fundamental gap in perspectives in the different approaches to privacy. Nevertheless, there might be opportunities for convergence, and this talk highlights two of them. One is the possibility of agreeing upon certain privacy principles at the level of principle, even if there is disagreement about scope. Thus, while the concept of the Right to be Forgotten has been cast as entirely foreign to U.S. law, in fact, the principle is perfectly compatible, even if the scope of the right in Europe is not. The second potential point of convergence arises from the need to define what counts as personal data subject to privacy or data protection laws. Defining the scope of “personal data” inevitably involves some conception of privacy harms. In this way, the need to define the scope of privacy laws, particularly in an era of “big data,” may push both Europe and the United States toward at least asking some of the same questions about privacy, and thereby having a more fruitful dialogue, even if the answers ultimately turn out to be different. In his talk, Felix Wu will also add to this some recent developments post-Cambridge Analytica, including a new privacy law passed by the state of California.
Professor Wu's doctorate studies in computer science are foundational to his information law scholarship, which spans freedom of speech, privacy law, and intellectual property law. He has previously written on the limits of online intermediary immunity and on understanding the role of data de-identification in law. His current work explores the relationship between data privacy and theories of free expression. Professor Wu was previously an associate at Covington & Burling in San Francisco. In 2006-7, he clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Immediately prior to coming to Cardozo, he was an intellectual property associate at Fish & Richardson in Boston. Professor Wu received his undergraduate degree in 1996 in computer science summa cum laude from Harvard, and his J.D. and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, 25 October 2018, 2.00-3.30 pm in room 210 at the Law Faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Unter den Linden 9).