analysis of the EU Court of Justice’s Opinion 1/15 issued on 26 July on on the Verfassungsblog.
14 July 2017
Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner and Massimo Marelli, Head of the Data Protection Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), have just published in the EJIL: Talk! blog of the European Journal of International Law an analysis of the new handbook on data protection and humanitarian action published jointly by the Brussels Privacy Hub and ICRC.
11 July 2017
The co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Christopher Kuner, has just published an article entitled “Reality and Illusion in EU Data Transfer Regulation post Schrems” in the current issue (volume 18, number 4) of the German Law Journal.
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26 June 2017
On 26 June, Brussels Privacy Hub is delighted to welcome as a Visiting Scholar, Professor Meg Jones. During her stay she will contribute to the Summer School present her research at a Lunchtime seminar: Article 22 and a Lack Thereof: A Comparative History and Future of a Right to a Human in the Loop and will meet with key privacy and data protection stakeholders from the European institutions in Brussels.
30 June 2017
Following a two-year project, the BPH and ICRC have jointly published their Handbook on Data Protection and Humanitarian Action.
The Handbook was drafted following consultation with key stakeholders from the global data protection and international humanitarian communities, including humanitarian practitioners, data protection authorities, academics, NGOs, and experts on relevant topics, and with the direct participation of the Swiss Data Protection Authority, the European Data Protection Supervisor, the French-speaking Association of Data Protection Authorities (AFAPDP), and organisations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and UN Global Pulse.
The Handbook addresses questions that arise in applying data protection to international humanitarian action, and is addressed to staff of international humanitarian organisations and NGOs who are involved in the processing of personal data, particularly those in charge of advising on and applying data protection standards. It is hoped that it may also prove useful to other parties, such as data protection authorities, private companies, and others involved in international humanitarian action.
The first part of the Handbook deals with basic principles of data protection and their application in the context of humanitarian action. This includes issues such as vulnerability of data subjects and implications on the identification of suitable legal bases for data processing, as well as the difficulties involved in working on the basis of clear-cut categories of sensitive data; emergencies and implications on the data protection rights of individuals; and data controllers' responsibilities such as data security, impact assessments, and accountability; and international data sharing.
The second part deals with the use of specific new technologies in the context of international humanitarian action. This includes data analytics and ‘Big Data'; drones and remote sensing; biometrics; cash transfer programming; cloud services; and mobile messaging apps. The Handbook also addresses the use of data protection impact assessments.
6 July 2017
Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster will contribute as invited expert to the International Exploratory Workshop on Data Ownership taking place from 6 to 8 July 2017 in Schaffhausen (Switzerland), organised by the Center for Information, Technology, Society and Law (ITSL) of Universität Zürich. The event brings together international experts to discuss the theoretical, practical and policy issues linked to the notion of data ownership.
9 June 2017
On 8 June, Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner spoke on a panel entitled "working with big data and innovative sources in Africa" at the European Development Days Conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels.
BPH is currently advertisiting a vacancy for PhD research on data ownership. The applications should be related to the research topic: The Challenge of Personal Data Ownership: Privacy vs. Property. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 at 12.00 CET. Any queries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 Brussels Privacy Symposium will focus on AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge. The call for papers is now available, encouraging researchers to submit interdisciplinary works in law and policy, computer science and engineering, social studies, and economics for publication in a special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy. Authors of selected submissions will be invited to present their work in a workshop, which will be hosted by the BPH on 6 November 2017, in Brussels, Belgium.
A new BPH Working Paper is now available by Gianclaudio Malgieri and Prof De Hert, European Human Rights, Criminal Surveillance and Intelligence Surveillance: Towards "Good Enough" Oversight, Preferably but not Necessarily by Judges considers the development of caselaw related to surveillance by the European Curt of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.
Christopher Kuner, co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, has published a course entitled "Data Protection Law and International Dispute Resolution” together with co-author Daniel Cooper in volume 382 of the Recueil des cours (the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law). This is based on the course that the two gave at the Hague Academy in the summer of 2015. The course is the first one ever published in the Collected Courses dealing specifically with data protection law. Since publication of the first volume in 1923, the Recueil des cours of the Hague Academy have become one of the most important sources of scholarship in private and public international law.
From 26-30 June 2017, BPH will be hosting the 2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School: The GDPR is Now! The final programme is now available, with a marked multi-stakeholder character, and amply opportunities for networking with the principal EU data protection institutions and actors in Brussels. Teaching staff will consist of leading academics in EU data protection law, public and private legal practitioners and representatives of key EU institutions such as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
BPH has partnered with IAPP to provide four day DPO Training focusing on Privacy Program Management and European Data Protection. The four day training will be offered on multiple occassions throughout 2017.
Since March 2016, BPH has hosted a number of workshops that consider the practical implementation of the GDPR. Summaries of these workshops are now available.
On 27 February, Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner presented his paper “The Internet and the global reach of EU law” at a workshop at the European University Institute in Florence. The programme of the workshop is available here.
The Hub organized a CPDP panel on reforming the e-Privacy Directive. Speakers discussed the review of the e-Privacy Directive, which is critical in view of the importance of the electronic communications industry in the EU and the declared Commission objective to enhance security and confidentiality of communications.
On the 25th and 27th of January during the CPDP conference the Brussels Privacy Hub introduced a short training program for hands-on experience with the DPIA and Privacy by Design. We gathered an extensive team of professionals from various backgrounds related to data protection, put them in a room with eager students and went to work. What followed was two days of interactive discussion, practical knowledge sharing and good old-fashioned team building. By all accounts, a great success!
On 24 January 2017, BPH hosted in partnerhsip with Privacy Salon, the Launch event of the 2017 edition of CPDP. The event entitled: Patterns, Profilingand PNR: The new PNR Directive and its implications consisdered the adoption of the EU Directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime in April 2016. The debate will address the concerns with regards to the implementation of this Directive and the general implications of the Directive for data protection and fundamental rights. The debate was moderated by Mr Willem De Beuckelaere (Belgian Privacy Commissioner) and included interventions from Ms Sophie in t Veld (MEP), Mr Marc Rotenberg (EPIC, US) and Ms Christiane Höhn (Council of the European Union). The evening was introduced by His Excellency, M. François Roux, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU. The event was supported by Privacy Camp and kindly hosted by the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU. The recording of the event is now available.
Following a stay as Visiting Scholar to BPH in July, Professor Hiroshi Miyashita has developed a Working Paper that aims to conduct a comparative study on the right to be forgotten by analyzing the different approaches on the intermediary liability.
On 8 November 2016, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum, the Hub hosted the 1st Annual Brussels Privacy Symposium Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization. The one day workshop was a great success, with presentations from numerous speakers based on selected papers. The presentations and photos of the day are now available. The Hub looks forward to continuing this collaboration in 2017.
On 25 November 2016 Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner gave a keynote speech on Internet regulation and the global reach of EU Data Protection law at the Cyberspace conference in Brno, Czech Republic. During the keynote, Prof. Kuner questioned the limits of the EU law and discussed the tensions arising from EU and its Member States shared competence to regulate matters related to the online environment. Prof. Kuner suggested that the EU aims at increasing its regulatory powers at the expense of the Member States. Prof. Kuner urged the EU to go beyond its legal obligations to promote EU values and consider that Internet governance is a decentralized endeavor in which different actors may have a say. The fourteenth edition of the international the Cyberspace conference was organized by the Masaryk University and the European Academy of Law and ICT. The program of the event is available here.
Other VUB-LSTS colleagues, including Prof. Paul Quinn, Dariusz Kloza and Raphaël Gellert, also presented at the event.
On 1-2 December, the Hub will be hosting a training seminar that consider the practical challenges of the implementaiton of the GDPR, the programme is now available. The two-day programme will identify and focus on specific topics within theGDPR, and will attempt to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and guidance as to the practical challenges they will be faced with while dealing with them under the new regulatory environment.
On 6 October, Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner gave a speech at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland entitled “Reality and illusion in EU data transfer regulation post Schrems”. The speech was part of the ADAPT Public Lectures in Ethics and Privacy organised by Trinity College. Further information can be found here.
Following a stay as Visiting Scholar to BPH in July, Professor Haksoo Ko has developed a Working Paper that considers the rapid evolution of Data Privacy Law in South Korea despite a relevant short history of relevant legislation and enforcement. During his stay at Brussels, Prof. Ko presented at a EU- Korea Data Protection Seminar sponsored by Samsung and and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union. A recording of the Seminar is now available.
On 17 October 2016 Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner and Professor Mireille Hildebrandt presented at closed panel sessions of the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Marrakesh, Morocco. Christopher Kuner was a speaker in the closed session on Encryption and Mireille Hildebrandt spoke at the closed session on AI and Robotics. The program of the closed session is available here.