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Data Privacy in a Brave New World: What Does the Future Hold for Our Data on the Technology Frontier?

Sun Hee Kim, Hiroyuki Sanbe, Euan Burrows, Minwoon Yang, and Heejin Yi

We live in an era of rapid advances in data-driven technologies – autonomous vehicles, generative AI, virtual reality, personalized entertainment, AI-augmented diagnostics, and on and on.  All is data – and a vast flood of it is, or starts out as, personal data.  There are vastly more transistors now, in our plethora of smartphones and other devices, than all the grains of sand on all the world’s beaches.  Where do data privacy rules go from here?  What trade-offs loom, with the surge in conveniences reliant on people’s data?  What will come out of the lawsuits and legislative maneuvering over ChatGPT and its kin?  This panel will consider the direction and focus of trends in data protection in Korea, Japan, the U.S. and other jurisdictions, (including from the competition perspective), as policymakers and regulators, facing the tide of innovation, wrestle with competing notions of utility and privacy, marketplace and autonomy. 

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.