26 January 2018

CPDP Panel: Data Protection Challenges in Humanitarian action

On 26 January 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub will host a panel at the 11th edition of CPDP in Brussels on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action.

The collection and processing of personally-identifiable data is central to the work of organisations in the humanitarian sector to protect and deliver essential aid to hundreds of millions of vulnerable individuals. This requires humanitarian organizations to implement data protection in their work. Compliance with personal data protection standards requires consideration of the specific scope and purpose of humanitarian activities to provide for the urgent and basic needs of individuals, and to protect their rights. This panel will consider how the imperatives of data protection and humanitarian action can both be realized on a global scale, particularly in light of new technologies. In view of this background, the panel will consider questions such as the following:


What legal standards should be used to implement data protection in humanitarian action across various legal systems?

How can data protection be balanced against other rights and freedoms in humanitarian action?

What are the implications of data protection laws for international organizations working in the humanitarian sector?


Chair: Catherine Lennman, Swiss DPA

Moderator: Caroline Louveaux, Mastercard


Ben Parker, IRIN 

Alexander Beck, UNHCR

Massimo Marelli, ICRC

Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Privacy International

Christopher Kuner, BPH




Time:  11.45

Location: Petit Halle, Les Halles, Rue Royale-Sainte-Marie 22, 1030 Schaerbeek

Registration:  To register for the CPDP conference, please consult the CPDP Website.


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