Samson Yoseph Esayas

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Samson Yoseph Esayas

Ph.D. started in: 2015
Expected year of graduation: 2018
COINS consortium member: University of Oslo
Supervised by: Lee Andrew Bygrave, Inger Berg Ørstavik
Links: CristinDBLPGoogle Scholar
Research area: Law and Regulations
Project title: Data Privacy and Competition Law in the Age of Big Data: The Commercialization of Personal Data and its Theoretical and Practical Implications on the Foundations and Policy Boundaries of Data Privacy Law and Competition Law
Project description: The digital economy is marked by vast information collection that is analyzed and exploited by businesses for their commercial ends; this led to the coining of the term “big data”. Personal data is the ‘new currency’, the ‘new oil’, the ‘life blood of businesses’ are contemporary catchphrase. At the heart of the business models for companies, such as Google or Facebook, considered the global information titans, is a detailed collection and analysis of consumer data, often gathered without the individual’s knowledge or consent. Such information is used to target advertisements to specific groups who might be most interested in buying certain products or services. Thus, the volume and quality of the personal data controlled by companies is becoming a key source of revenue and market power. Consumers also benefit from the collection of their data in the form of a broad array of free content, products, and services. However, such a collection of data on an unprecedented scale has put the privacy of consumers in greater danger than ever. Moreover, it ushers in a new challenge for the application of competition law. Traditionally, competition law was primarily concerned with price and non-price issues, i.e., whether certain actions raise consumer prices or diminishes product quality, choice, or innovation. The treatment of personal data and privacy protection as such has not been part of competition law analysis. This has been changing in recent years due to the growing value of personal data for commercial purposes and as a key source of competitive advantage. Similarly, privacy has begun to creep into competition law discussions particularly where companies in data-rich industries seek a merger or acquisition. In light of these developments, the challenge lies in balancing the economic benefits of big data and its harm to privacy while maintaining a healthy competitive environment. The core research question for the project is:
. What are the theoretical and practical implications of the commercialization of personal data for the foundations and policy boundaries of data privacy law and competition law?

Publications:

  1. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). Competition in (Data) Privacy: ‘Zero’ Price Markets, Market Power and the Role of Competition Law
  2. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). Market Power in ‘Zero’ Price Markets and Competition in (Data) Privacy
  3. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). Privacy as a Non-Price Competition Parameter: Theories of Harm in Mergers
  4. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). THE SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY: For Profit Surveillance
  5. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). The Commercialization of Personal Data and its Implications for Data Privacy Law
  6. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). The Commercialization of Personal Data and its Theoretical and Practical Implications for Data Privacy Law and Competition Law
  7. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). The Commercialization of Personal Data and the Idea of Emergent Properties in Data Privacy Law
  8. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2018). The Commercialization of Personal Data and the Idea of Emergent Properties in Data Privacy Law
  9. Samson Yoseph Esayas, Angela Daly (2018). The Proposed Australian Consumer Right to Access and Use Data: A European Comparison
  10. Samson Yoseph Esayas, Dan Jerker B. Svantesson (2018). Digital Platforms under Fire – What Australia Can Learn from Recent Developments in Europe
  11. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2017). Commercialization of Personal Data and its Implications for the Foundations and Policy Boundaries of Data Privacy Law and Competition Law
  12. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2017). Competition Law: Its Impact on Data Sharing and the Data Economy
  13. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2017). Competition in Dissimilarity: Lessons in Privacy from the Facebook/WhatsApp Merger
  14. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2017). Privacy-as-a-Quality Parameter of Competition: Some Reflections on the Scepticism
  15. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2017). Reigning in FinTech through Data Protection Law and Competition Law
  16. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2017). The Idea of ‘Emergent Properties’ in Data Privacy: Towards a Holistic Approach
  17. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2016). The Commercialization of Personal Data and its Theoretical and Practical Implications for Data Privacy Law and Competition Law
  18. Kevin McGillivray, Samson Yoseph Esayas, Tobias Mahler (2016). Give Me a Sign: Expressing Contract Terms and Data Protection Requirements Visually in Cloud Computing
  19. Kevin McGillivray, Samson Yoseph Esayas, Tobias Mahler (2016). Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Terms? Visualising Contract Terms and Data Protection Requirements for Cloud Computing Users
  20. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2015). An Integrated Method for Compliance and Risk Assessment: Experiences from a Case Study
  21. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2015). Breach Notification Requirements under the European Union Legal Framework: Convergence, Conflicts and Complexity in Compliance
  22. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2015). The Role of Anonymisation and Pseudonymisation under the EU Data Privacy Rules
  23. Samson Yoseph Esayas (2015). The Role of Anonymisation and Pseudonymisation under the EU Data Privacy Rules: Beyond the ‘All or Nothing’ Approach
  24. Samson Yoseph Esayas, Tobias Mahler (2015). Modelling compliance risk: a structured approach
  25. Samson Yoseph Esayas, Tobias Mahler, Fredrik Seehusen, Frode Bjørnstad, Veda Brubakk (2015). An integrated method for compliance and risk assessment
  26. Samson Yoseph Esayas, Tobias Mahler, Bjørnar Solhaug (2015). An Integrated Approach for Compliance and Security Risk Assessment
  27. Kevin McGillivray, Samson Yoseph Esayas, Tobias Mahler (2015). Using Technology to Enhance Confidentiality and Regulatory Compliance by Design
Events attended with COINS funding:
  1. COINS/SWITS Ph.D. student seminar, Oslo, Norway, 2017
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