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OUP launches 1st globally focused journal on privacy and data protection

October 07, 2010

Headline-grabbing stories concerning the privacy of our personal information are becoming increasingly familiar in a world where many of our social and financial activities, which generate this glut of personal data, take place online.

In light of the immense growth in data protection and privacy issues, Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the launch of International Data Privacy Law (IDPL), the only international journal to offer specialist coverage of the law relating to data protection and privacy.

Christopher Kuner, the journal's Editor-in-Chief and Partner of the law firm Hunton & Williams, said: 'In my experience, journals dealing with these subjects tend to be too nationally or regionally-focused, and do not take the global nature of the field sufficiently into account. Also, scholarly articles often lack any connection to the real world, while practical articles can fail to tackle the underlying issues with any substance.

'IDPL has three main missions, namely to be global; to span the gulf between scholarship and practice; and to help solidify the position of data protection and privacy law as a central area of importance for the individual, the economy, and the development of new technologies'.

International Data Privacy Law focuses on all aspects of privacy and data protection, including data processing at a company level, international data transfers, civil liberties issues (e.g., government surveillance), technology issues relating to privacy, international security breaches, and conflicts between US privacy rules and European data protection law. The journal reviews data protection legislation and their associated regulatory regimes in countries around the world. It takes a global approach to the subject and considers developments and case law from the UK, Europe, the US, and around the world.

Industry specialist comments on International Data Privacy Law:

'There has long been a need for a global data protection law journal spanning the worlds of practice and scholarship. I welcome the launch of International Data Privacy Law, and expect it to become a leader in its field.'
Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor

'Data protection and privacy are huge issues for multinational companies, which are desperate for incisive analysis of important legal issues from a global perspective. I expect International Data Privacy Law to fill this gap, and to become an indispensable tool for in-house lawyers and privacy officers working in this field.'
Bojana Bellamy, Director of Data Privacy, Accenture
For more information, please contact:
Lizzie Shannon-Little
Communication Executive
Academic and Journals Divisions
Oxford University Press
+44 (0)1865 354206

Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford, furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The world's largest and most international university press, Oxford University Press currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications per year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs some 5,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and journals. Read more about OUP.

An embargoed pdf of the journal's first editorial, by Christopher Kuner, Fred H.Cate, Christopher Millard, and Dan Jerker B. Svantesson,can be downloaded by media before publication at:

Two additional launch papers can be read when the embargo lifts on Thursday 7 October 2010 on the International Data Privacy Law website:

'The history, achievement and future of the 1980 OECD guidelines on privacy', Michael Kirby. doi:10.1093/idpl/ipq002 'Privacy: The new generations', Omer Tene. doi:10.1093/idpl/ipq003

Oxford University Press

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