Quo Vadis Open data?



New technologies have irreversibly changed the nature of the traditional way of exercising the right to free access to information. In the current information society, the information available to public authorities is not just a tool for controlling the public administration and increasing its transparency. Information has become an asset that individuals and legal entities also seek to use for business purposes. PSI particularly in form of open data create new opportunities for developing and improving the performance of public administration.

In that regard, authors analyze the term open data and its legal framework from the perspective of European Union law, Slovak legal order and Czech legal order. Furthermore, authors focus is on the relation between open data regime, public sector information re-use regime and free access to information regime.

New data protection regime represented by General Data Protection Regulation poses several challenges when it comes to processing of public sector information in form of open data. The article highlights the most important challenges of new regime being compliance with purpose specification, selection of legal ground and other important issues.

Data Protection; GDPR; Open Data; PSI Directive; Public Sector Information

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Author biographies

Jozef Andraško

Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law

Assistant professor at the Institute of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law

Matúš Mesarčík

Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law

PhD. candidate at the Department of Administrative and Environmental Law and Institute of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law

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