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Crispin Niebel

Research Project

The Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Innovation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which recently come into force replacing the former EU Directive 95/46/EC on data protection will have a major impact on the our digital environment and economies. As a regulation it does not only bring in novel features and rights such as the ‘Right to data portability’ or ‘Right to erasure’ providing consumers with control of their personal data but also, unlike the directive, increases harmonisation of data protection law across all EU member states. The GDPR changes how the personal data of EU citizens is gathered and processed where failure to comply can lead to large fines. Within this context of a changing digital landscape, my project aims to analyse the impact on the GDPR on innovation. This falls within the general debate regarding the impact of regulations on innovation.


April 2018
PhD candidate at the DFG Research Training Group „Innovation Society Today: The reflexive creation of novelty“, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
Collaboration at the Chair of Innovation Economics, TU Berlin
M.Sc. Economic Behaviour and Governance, Universität Kassel
M.A. Globalisation and Corporate Development, SOAS University of London
B.A. Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex


Niebel, C (2021): The impact of the general data protection regulation on innovation and the global political economy. In: Computer Law & Security Review 40 (2021) 105523

Martin, N., Matt, C., Niebel, C., Blind, K. (2019),  How Data Protection Regulation Affects Startup Innovation, Information Systems Frontiers, pp.1-18         

Böhmecke-Schwafert, M. and Niebel, C. (2018), The General Data Protection's (GDPR) impact on data-driven business models: The case of the right to data portability and Facebook, ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries, Vol. 1, Issue 2.

Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., Niebel, C., Ramel, F.(2018) Standards in the global value chains of the European Single Market, Review of International Political Economy, 25:1, pp. 28-48


Knut Blind, Crispin Niebel (2017) Standardisation and Regulation as trust-building mechanisms for the IoT, IoT & Trust Conference (22/23 of February 2017), Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

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