18 September  2018

The GDPR and Journalism. Protecting Privacy or a Break on Democratic Accountability?

Journalism like many other professions depends on the use of data which is often of a personal nature. Unlike many other areas however the profession can be set apart because it gaining the consent of the data subjects involved is often not realistic given its investigative nature. Traditionally journalists have been able to carry out such functions using public interest based exceptions. The arrival of the GDPR has heralded a change for the journalistic profession and has to a large extent harmonized data protection law throughout Europe. The regulation requires inter alia that applicable national law exists in order for journalists to carry out their function as before. The form such law takes is important as its formulation has the ability to restrict journalistic practice causing potential problems for out democratic societies. This presentation will discuss this using the perspective of the GDPR and Belgian law as a useful illustration.

Time: 12:00 - 14:30 (lunch included)

Programme: The programme is now available.

Venue: U-Residence, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050, Brussel (Access also via Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels)

Registration: The event is free to attend, but due to limited capacity, registration is required.  Should you encounter difficulties with the online registration, please contact info@brusselsprivacyhub.eu

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