Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type



International Relations

First Advisor

Kimberly Gamble-Payne

Second Advisor

Jean Krasno


data protection, data governance, the right to privacy, gdpr, privacy and data protection regulation, privacy in the tech


Since 1948 and the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the concept of privacy has grown more complex with the rise of technology and a shift to the internet. In particular, the unregulated use of technologies that can capture individuals' personal data without their knowledge or consent poses a threat to their right to privacy and other additional human rights. The protection of the collection, storing, and transfer of users' personal data against data breaches also ensures that the right to privacy is guaranteed. Through examining two countries, the U.S. and India, on the idea of privacy, personal data, and data protection, I hope to provide an insight into the ongoing issues in each country on their path to adopting comprehensive data protection legislation. I will use the European Union General Data Protection Regulation as the standard to which each country should uphold as an adequate data protection regulation. What do the case studies on each country provide on the perception of data protection and the right to privacy? This paper suggests a convergence of interest among all countries in adopting a national data protection legislation which resembles that of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. However, different aims and interests of nation-states prevent the adoption of adequate data protection, which protects privacy.



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