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The GDPR & speech data: Reflections of legal and technology communities, first steps towards a common understanding

Nautsch, Andreas; Jasserand, Catherine; Kindt, Els; Todisco, Massimiliano; Trancoso, Isabel; Evans, Nicholas

INTERSPEECH 2019, 20th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, September 15-19, 2019, Graz, Austria

Privacy preservation and the protection of speech data is in high demand, not least as a result of recent regulation, e.g. the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. While there has been a period with which to prepare for its implementation, its implications for speech data is poorly understood. This assertion applies to both the legal and technology communities, and is hardly surprising since there is no universal definition of 'privacy', let alone a clear understanding of when or how the GDPR applies to the capture, storage and processing of speech data. In aiming to initiate the discussion that is needed to establish a level of harmonisation that is thus far lacking, this contribution presents some reflections of both legal and technology communities on the implications of the GDPR as regards speech data. The article outlines the need for taxonomies at the intersection of speech technology and data privacy--a discussion that is still very much in its infancy--and describes the ways to safeguards and priorities for future research. In being agnostic to any specific application, the treatment should be of interest to the speech communication community at large.

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Title:The GDPR & speech data: Reflections of legal and technology communities, first steps towards a common understanding
Keywords:privacy, speech, data protection, GDPR
Type:Conference
Language:English
City:Graz
Country:AUSTRIA
Date:
Department:Digital Security
Eurecom ref:5938
Copyright: © ISCA. Personal use of this material is permitted. The definitive version of this paper was published in INTERSPEECH 2019, 20th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, September 15-19, 2019, Graz, Austria and is available at :
Bibtex: @inproceedings{EURECOM+5938, year = {2019}, title = {{T}he {GDPR} \& speech data: {R}eflections of legal and technology communities, first steps towards a common understanding}, author = {{N}autsch, {A}ndreas and {J}asserand, {C}atherine and {K}indt, {E}ls and {T}odisco, {M}assimiliano and {T}rancoso, {I}sabel and {E}vans, {N}icholas}, booktitle = {{INTERSPEECH} 2019, 20th {A}nnual {C}onference of the {I}nternational {S}peech {C}ommunication {A}ssociation, {S}eptember 15-19, 2019, {G}raz, {A}ustria}, address = {{G}raz, {AUSTRIA}}, month = {09}, url = {http://www.eurecom.fr/publication/5938} }
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