Call to support the collective dimension of the GDPR by René Mahieu and Jef Ausloos
July 7, 2020
[Publication] In theirop-ed, René Mahieu and Jef Ausloos argue that the GDPR’s goal of empowering citizens can only be fully realised when the collective dimensions of the GDPR and data subject rights are acknowledged and supportedthrough properenforcement.
The power of the collective use of data subjects’ rights, however, is currently neither acknowledged nor properly enforced. This is the message they sent the European Commission in response to its call for feedback for its two-year review of the GDPR. Intheir submissionentitledRecognising and Enabling the Collective Dimension of the GDPR and the Right of Access –A call to support the governance structure of checks and balances for informational power asymmetries, they demonstrate the collective potential of GDPR access rights with a long list of real-life examples.