Liljana Selinšek (Ph.D.) is a criminal law expert, focused primarily on the fight against cybercrime, anti-corruption and economic crime. She served as the assistant professor for criminal law, criminal procedure law and economic criminal law at the Law Faculty of the University of Maribor (Slovenia) till 2010. Then, she worked in the office of the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia (i.e. Slovenian data protection authority), and in 2011 she took over the duties of deputy chief commissioner of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (i.e. central anti-corruption authority in Republic of Slovenia). After finishing her mandate in Anti-Corruption Commission, Liljana works (part-time) as a researcher at Institute of Criminology at Law Faculty in Ljubljana, and runs her own business as independent consultant.
Liljana has written several books and more than 100 scientific and expert papers on criminal law topics, including on questions related to electronic evidence, legal aspects of digital forensics, fight against cybercrime, and privacy issues in criminal proceedings.
Big Data and (Criminal) Law
Big Data, usually described as “an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large or complex that it becomes difficult to process them using traditional data processing applications” (Wikipedia) has big potential in many areas: business, health, entertainment, education, environment, security etc.. However, not everything is positive, since big data analytics is exposing individuals and society to some dangers mainly arising from two opposite facts: on the one hand technology is increasingly powerful but on the other hand it is also quite vulnerable. This can raise risks, ranging from disastrous abuse of data or data breaches to serious concerns about privacy.
Big Data is all around us, yet its place in the legal area is still being defined. Legal texts on Big Data are sparing, and mostly focused on privacy. This presentation is, however, ambitious to discuss not only privacy issues but also some other legal questions/areas (of general and more specific nature) that are or are going to be significantly challenged in the era of Big Data. The presentation will, inter alia, address the following issues:
- Big Data: new legal problems or old legal problems in big(ger) cloak?
- is Big Data an issue only for courts or also for legislator (or how can (slow) law gain upon fast expanding Big Data)?
- who should set the limit in new “Big Data” trends in prevention and detection of criminal offences - technology or law?
- is criminal procedure law’s concept of “reasonable expectation of privacy” still reasonable in the era of Big Data?