Do algorithms dream of ‘data’ without bodies?



Savirimuthu, J ORCID: 0000-0003-1097-9876
(2017) Do algorithms dream of ‘data’ without bodies? International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 31 (2). 243 - 262.

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Abstract

The question whether algorithms dream of ‘data’ without bodies is asked with the intention of highlighting the material conditions created by wearables for fitness and health, reveal the underlying assumptions of the platform economy regarding individuals’ autonomy, identities and preferences and reflect on the justifications for intervention under the General Data Protection Regulation. The article begins by highlighting key features of platform infrastructures and wearables in the health and fitness landscape, explains the implications of algorithms automating, what can be described as ‘rituals of public and private life’ in the health and fitness domain, and proceeds to consider the strains they place on data protection law. It will be argued that technological innovation and data protection rules played a part in setting the conditions for the mediated construction of meaning from bodies of information in the platform economy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data protection, Wearables, Platforms
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 07:30
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 11:48
DOI: 10.1080/13600869.2017.1298498
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3006498