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Data Storage by Public Administrations

Data Storage by Public Administrations ** *** Gherardo CARULLO & Christian ERNST Keywords: public administration, databases, digitalization, data storage, outsourcing, internalization, digital sovereignty 1 INTRODUCTION Public administrations often process vast amounts of data. As noted by the European legislator, the public sector ‘collects, produces, reproduces and disseminates a wide range of information in many areas of activity, such as social, political, economic, legal, geographical, environmental, meteorological, seismic, touristic, business, patent- related and educational areas’. In dealing with public administration and data, it is therefore possible to start the analysis taking for granted that the collection, possession and consumption of large data-sets, including those containing personal data, is an immanent feature of the powers entrusted to public authorities. After all, it would be difficult to imagine that, for example, the so-called civil registries could not manage personal data. It would be even less realistic to maintain that such civil registries could not Parts 1-3 and 7 are by Dr Gherardo Carullo. Parts 4-6 are by Dr Christian Ernst. ** Senior lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Milan; PhD in Administrative Law from the same University; LL.M. from King’s College, London. Email: gherardo.carullo@unimi.it. *** Professor of Public Law at the Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of Bundeswehr Hamburg; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Data Storage by Public Administrations

European Public Law , Volume 26 (3): 24 – Dec 1, 2020

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** *** Gherardo CARULLO & Christian ERNST Keywords: public administration, databases, digitalization, data storage, outsourcing, internalization, digital sovereignty 1 INTRODUCTION Public administrations often process vast amounts of data. As noted by the European legislator, the public sector ‘collects, produces, reproduces and disseminates a wide range of information in many areas of activity, such as social, political, economic, legal, geographical, environmental, meteorological, seismic, touristic, business, patent- related and educational areas’. In dealing with public administration and data, it is therefore possible to start the analysis taking for granted that the collection, possession and consumption of large data-sets, including those containing personal data, is an immanent feature of the powers entrusted to public authorities. After all, it would be difficult to imagine that, for example, the so-called civil registries could not manage personal data. It would be even less realistic to maintain that such civil registries could not Parts 1-3 and 7 are by Dr Gherardo Carullo. Parts 4-6 are by Dr Christian Ernst. ** Senior lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Milan; PhD in Administrative Law from the same University; LL.M. from King’s College, London. Email: gherardo.carullo@unimi.it. *** Professor of Public Law at the Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of Bundeswehr Hamburg;

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Published: Dec 1, 2020

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