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Blockchains and Data Protection in the European Union

DOI https://doi.org/10.21552/edpl/2018/1/6

Michèle Finck


This article examines data protection on blockchains and other forms of distributed ledger technology. Whereas the General Data Protection Regulation was fashioned for centralised methods of data collection, storage and processing, blockchains decentralise each of these processes. We engage with the resulting tensions in the below analysis.

Dr Michèle Finck, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich; Lecturer in EU Law, Keble College, University of Oxford. The author thanks Christian Sillaber for very helpful comments and discussions. For correspondence: <mailto:Michele.Finck@ip.mpg.de>.

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