Trade secrecy and privacy in the online world

Closing Date

30th November 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

A significant issue that looks set to dominate modern online technologies, is the intersection between trade secrecy and data protection. Data related to online technologies and their users are routinely collected, and may be biometric, geographic and social. This data is often protected through trade secrecy law, which provides a limited form of protection to those who hold information that satisfies the relevant legal tests for protection. Against this legal regime, the data collected in online environments raises significant privacy concerns. The law of privacy differs between jurisdictions, and most recently the GDPR has put privacy concerns directly in the spotlight. Rights to access personal data enshrined in modern privacy laws are directly at odds with the law of trade secrecy. There is thus, a real conflict between these legal regimes, and uncertainty as to how this conflict might be managed.


Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Law

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Jane Nielsen for further information.