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Practitioner's Corner ∙ Blockchain Technology and the GDPR – How to Reconcile Privacy and Distributed Ledgers?

DOI https://doi.org/10.21552/EDPL/2016/3/21

Matthias Berberich, Malgorzata Steiner


Blockchain technology raises a multitude of legal questions that are still in early stages of discussion. While legal research is so far mainly focused on financial regulation of cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology in general brings considerable privacy implications. While the EU Commission expects the new General Data Protection Regulation and its technological neutrality to enable innovation to continue to thrive under the new rules, some features of Blockchain pose questions under EU data protection principles.

Dr Matthias Berberich, LL.M. (Cambridge), is Attorney-at-Law and visiting lecturer at the Humboldt University Berlin; Malgorzata Steiner, MPP (Harvard), is former Head of Department in the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation in Poland and Senior Advisor at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin.

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