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Big Data: democracy and security at the Catalan Summer University

18/07/2018 10:07

Sebastià Vila, M. Àngels Barbarà, Pompeu Casanovas, Marta Poblet and Josep Oliveras

The Director of the Catalan Data Protection Authority (APDCAT), Maria Àngels Barbarà, was one of the speakers at the Catalan Summer University which, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary this year, was held in the city of Manresa, Catalan Capital of Culture 2018.

Maria Àngels Barbarà took part on 7 July in the session entitled “Big Data: democracy and security”, together with Pompeu Casanovas from La Trobe University (Australia); Marta Poblet from RMIT University (Australia); and Sebastià Vila from the CIRCUIT - Communication Circuits and Systems Research Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Manresa.

During her address and in reference to Big Data: democracy and security, the APDCAT Director explained that safeguarding the right of data protection was a prior condition to being able to freely exercise all other rights and freedoms necessary in democracy. She also referred to the current context of technological revolution which has given rise to the creation of the GDPR, whose application has been mandatory since 25 May.

Maria Angels Barbarà indicated that this Regulation had been designed to be “technologically resistant”, in other words, to guarantee the rights and freedoms of individuals irrespective of the technology employed. The GDPR has introduced a series of principles and obligations that will ensure people have control over their data and that will safeguard all their rights, thus strengthening the engagement of institutions and organisations with the people they serve.