Data Protection has become a topic of growing global concern and a source of many interpretations related to many laws and regulations. This first initiative to collect used terms and definitions in daily practices of many data protection professionals is primarily meant to provide for a ‘primary source’ to use for getting introduced to a larger plethora of related terms and definitions from a multidisciplinary perspective. Data Privacy Law, Intellectual Property Law, IT, Data Security, (Cyber) Security, Data Science, Compliance and Ethics are at the center of attention. The primary aim of this ‘dictionary in progress’ is to provide a collection of over 9,500 data protection related multidisciplinary terms and definitions, structured in alphabetical order, to serve data protection professionals with a single source of entries for further understanding and research.

Data protection terms and definitions included in this publication are contextualized at two levels. First at the level of ‘practical experience’ as a data protection professional experience. With a background from the editor-in-chief as Senior Data Protection Expert, seasoned Data Protection Officer (DPO), external consultant in the field of privacy and data protection, data protection auditor and as a data protection law educator and researcher (Utrecht University (Netherlands), EADPP Professor European Data Protection Law at Jindal Global University (India), EADPP Professor of European Data Privacy Security law at UNpad (Indonesia) and IMF Trainer and Coach for Data Protection Officers (recognized by IAPP, US) it might not come as a surprise that, at least in my view, more attention to the sources of knowledge and contexts is indebted in order to ‘comply with obligations under data protection laws and regulations’.

The second level of contextualization is related to the increasing international body of data protection laws and regulations, data protection jurisprudence (court decisions), academic researches, discussions papers, whitepapers, policy papers, strategic notes et cetera. Ultimately, the editorial board hopes that this ‘primary source of knowledge’ will grow beyond a collection of ‘must reads’ and will provide material that is interesting to read, and to get familiar with the broader multidisciplinary contexts of data protection, especially in case of studying ‘open norms’ and ‘vague terms.’

“A must have for every data privacy and data protection professional”

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