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    Privacy Shields for Whom? Key Actors and Privacy Discourses on Twitter and in Newspapers

    O'Rourke, Cristin and Kerr, Aphra (2017) Privacy Shields for Whom? Key Actors and Privacy Discourses on Twitter and in Newspapers. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 12 (3). pp. 21-36. ISSN 1744-6716

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    The sharing of data across borders is core in informational economies. However, the Schrems case against Facebook in 2014 raised important questions about the capacity of existing ‘safe harbour’ policies and practices of multinational corporations in Europe and North America to protect the privacy of individuals’ data. The EU–US ‘Privacy Shield’ framework was subsequently developed to increase data privacy protections. This paper draws upon a sample of English language newspapers and Twitter accounts in Europe and the US from the summer of 2016 to identify the key actors and discourses surrounding the introduction of the Privacy Shield framework. The findings reveal a dominance of trade, market and security language, a focus on individual informational privacy and the dominance of state and legal actors. We argue that privacy is not being redefined in the context of intercontinental data transfers but rather narrowed to a neoliberal free trade framing of information privacy.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See
    Keywords: Privacy Shield; data protection; privacy; internet governance;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9018
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    Depositing User: Prof. Aphra Kerr
    Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 16:42
    Journal or Publication Title: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture
    Publisher: University of Westminster Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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