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Vectors of Data Disclosure – A comparative study on the disclosure of personal data from the perspectives of legal, cultural studies, and business information systems research

By means of a comparative study, this interdisciplinary research project analyses various aspects of individuals’ willingness to disclose personal data.

Project description

Data is an essential resource: It forms the basis for various business models in the digital economy and is a central driver of innovation. This holds especially true for personal data.

Before obtaining such data, individuals are usually required to decide on whether they want to disclose their personal data. Against the background of recent research, it remains an open question as to whether and to what extent the willingness to disclose one’s personal data depends on the cultural imprint, the existing legal framework, and processes of decision-making.

The project “Vectors of Data Disclosure” aims to provide insight into these questions by linking perspectives from cultural sciences, business information systems, and law. The researchers strive to identify cultural and regulatory effects that determine whether and how individuals disclose personal data. To this end, they examine the decision-making process by conducting behavioural economic studies and, as a result, create a model of influences and interdependencies. The project team is especially interested in data disclosure from a comparative context – focusing on different legal as well as cultural systems and backgrounds. By conducting this comparative study, the project team aims to acquire insights into the fundamental principles of data disclosure.

These findings will in turn serve as recommendations for stakeholders on how national, supranational, and international legal and regulatory frameworks can be designed and how data-based business models can be used/adapted in and for different (cultural) settings.

The project was completed by 30 March, 2024.

Contact

Dr. Christoph Egle

Managing Director, bidt

Project team

Prof. Dr. Moritz Hennemann M.Jur.

Project Manager, Chair of European and International Information and Data Law, University of Passau (Photo: Sandra Meyndt)

Prof. Dr. Kai von Lewinski

Chair of Public Law, Media Law and Information Law, University of Passau

Prof. Dr. Daniela Wawra

Chair of English Language and Culture, University of Passau

Prof. Dr. Thomas Widjaja

Chair of Business Informatics with a focus on Business Information Systems, University of Passau

Timo Hoffmann

Research Assistant at the Chair for European and International Information and Data Law, University of Passau

Sebastian J. Kasper LL.M.

Research Assistant at the Chair of Public Law, Media and Information Law, University of Passau

Dr. Tim Kerstges

Research Assistant at the Chair of Public Law, Media and Information Law, University of Passau

Peer Sonnenberg

Research Assistant, Chair of Public Law, Media and Information Law | University of Passau

Martin Richthammer

Research Assistant at the Chair of Business Informatics with a focus on Business Information Systems, University of Passau

Dr. Veronika Thir

Research Assistant at the Chair of English Language and Culture, University of Passau

Anna-Maria Kipphardt

Research Assistant at the Chair of Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminology and Philosophy of Law, University of Passau

Publications

A Regulatory Clustering of Privacy Laws

The working paper constitutes a central component of the underlying project’s approach of allowing interdisciplinary comparison of the impact of different regulatory systems on individual behavior.

Conference “Vectors of Data Disclosure”

The corresponding conference volume for the event in June 2022 features perspectives on international data protection law and other factors influencing data pricing decisions by Lemi Baruh, Lothar Determann, Jana Dombrowski, Timo Hoffmann, Martin Richthammer, Daniela Wawra, Thomas Widjaja, Normann Witzleb and Kai von Lewinski.

Navigating Global Privacy Legislation

The research team examines various data protection regimes around the globe. It has published eight comprehensive reports on as diverse legal regimes as possible and has thus contributed to the development of a comprehensive map of the world’s data protection regimes.

The map provides an overview of the maze of privacy concepts and offers starting points for further research in the field of harmonisation of data protection and privacy law.

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