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14 August 2018

 

Summary online of Law Enforcement Data Access Series event on encrypted data

 

On 6 June 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub together with Canvas Project held its 3rd Law Enforcement Data Access Series event on “Encrypted data: Challenges and Opportunities” under the chairwomanship of Catherine Van De Heyning (FRC, VUB). The event combined perspectives from Graham Willmott, Head of Unit DG Home, European Commission, Owen Bennett, Mozilla, Prof. Joachim Meese, University of Antwerpen, and Jan Kerkhofs, Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office, Counter Terrorism Unit & Cybercrime Unit. A summary of the proceedings is now available here.

 

 

13 August 2018

 

Interview: The GDPR: A perspective from Down Under

 

During their visit to Brussels in June 2018, we took a few minutes to discuss the perspective of the GDPR from Down Under with Brussels Privacy Hub Visiting Scholar, Professor Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales and D.PIA.LAB Visiting Scholar, Anna Johnston, Director of Salinger Privacy. Read the full interview.

9 August 2018

 

Understanding the balancing act behind the legitimate interest of the controller ground: a pragmatic approach

 

Paul de Hert (BPH, LSTS, TILT) and Irene Kamara (TILT, LSTS) publish a new BPH working paper discussing the prerequisites, stakes, and relevant case law of the Legitimate Interest of the Controller ground for data processing (Art. 6(f) GDPR). While much debate has taken place over consent and the conditions for a meaningful informed choice of the data subject, the legitimate interest ground has not been at the spotlight of academia and practitioners. The 12th BPH Working Paper analyses the concept of legitimate interest of the controller of Art. 6 (f) GDPR in relation to Art. 7 (f) of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and the interpretations of the concept by the Court of Justice of the EU and the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. The authors argue that when the legitimate interest ground is seen through the lens of the data protection principles of Article 5 GDPR and Article 8 Charter Fundamental Rights EU, it is not a loophole, as it has often been criticised, but an equivalent basis for lawful processing.

 

24 July 2018

 

Meet the author with Graham Greenleaf: summary uploaded

 

On 26 June 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub hosted a next edition in its Meet the Author Series on "Threats to EU concepts of ‘adequacy’ from trade agreements and data export agreements in the Asia-Pacific" with Graham Greenleaf, Professor of Law & Information Systems at the UNSW Sydney. Three of Greenleaf’s most recent works (Greenleaf, G ‘Looming Free Trade Agreements Pose Threats to Privacy’ (2018) Privacy Laws & Business International Report 23-27 (April 2018), Greenleaf, G, 'Questioning ‘Adequacy’ (Pt II) – South Korea' (2018) Privacy Laws & Business International Report 14-16 (February 2018) and Greenleaf, G, 'Questioning 'Adequacy' (Pt I) – Japan' 2017) Privacy Laws & Business International Report, 1, 6-11 (December 2017) were discussed with Professor Christopher Kuner (Brussels Privacy Hub) and Fabian Delcros (DG Justice, European Commission). The debate was moderated by Dr Hielke Hijmans (Brussels Privacy Hub). Find a full summary of the event here.

 

20 July 2018

 

Anbar Jayadi joins Brussels Privacy Hub as a visiting scholar

 

On 16 July 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub welcomed Anbar Jayadi a faculty member of the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia as a visiting scholar for a month. During her stay with the Hub, Anbar will research on “Indonesia’s readiness in data privacy enforcement” (Draft working paper available).

 

20 July 2018

 

Christopher Kuner speaks at workshop on data protection within international organisations

 

On 13 July Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher gave a presentation at the workshop on data protection within international organisations that was co-organized by the European Data Protection Supervisor and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the workshop was held at the UNHCR Global Service Centre in Copenhagen. He spoke on the panel entitled “The impact of the GDPR and transfers from and to international organisations”.

14 July 2018

 

Summary of Roundtable with Nuala O’Connor now available

 

On 4 June 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub hosted a Roundtable on “Current Privacy and Security Challenges in the United States, Belgium, and the EU” with Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. The roundtable offered a chance for dialogue on achieving that balance between security and privacy, an opportunity seized by the many participants. Find a summary of the proceedings now online.

13 July 2018

 

HUB member Laura Drechsler awarded FWO scholarship

 

On 27 June 2018, Brussels Privacy Hub member Laura Drechsler was awarded the FWO scholarship for her thesis on “Data subject rights in cross-border data transfers” for two years, renewable once. Her research will consider what role data subject rights play when personal data is transferred outside of the European Union, for which she will also try to establish the standard a third country has to fulfill to be considered adequate for data protection from an EU perspective.

25 June 2018

 

Graham Greenleaf joins Brussels Privacy Hub as visiting scholar

 

On 25 June 2018, Graham Greenleaf, Professor of Law & Information Systems at the UNSW Sydney, joined the Brussels Privacy Hub as a visiting scholar. During his week-long stay he will contribute to the 3rd European Data Law Summer School, be at the centre of a special edition of Meet-the-Author on “Threats to EU concepts of ‘adequacy’ from trade agreements and data export agreements in the Asia-Pacific” and join a roundtable on “The GDPR in third countries: the opportunities of the Modernisation of Convention 108”.

 

19 June 2018

Christopher Kuner speaks at workshop at European University Institute

 

On 11 June Prof. Christopher Kuner spoke at a workshop at the European University Institute in Florence entitled “The General Data Protection Regulation in context: Data Protection in International Organisations in general and in the EUI in particular”. More information about the workshop is available here.

11 June 2018

Hub welcomes Nuala O’Connor for Roundtable on privacy and security

 

On 4 June 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub hosted Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, for a roundtable on “Current Privacy and Security Challenges in the United States, Belgium, and the EU” and was visiting Brussels at the invitation of the German Marshall Fund of the United States as part of a program with the US Embassy to strengthen the Belgium-US dialogue on data protection. The event offered the opportunity to openly exchange views with Ms O’Connor, who gave insights in the US perspective on privacy, encrypted data and the GDPR. A short summary of the roundtable will be uploaded to our website soon.

11 June 2018

Summary of the debate with Maja Brkan on the essence of fundamental rights now available

 

On 20 April, Brussels Privacy Hub hosted its third edition of Meet the Author. This time with Maja Brkan on her forthcoming article in the European Constitutional Law Review “The concept of essence of fundamental rights in the EU legal order: Peeling the onion to its core”, in which she offers a case-law based analysis of the essence of fundamental rights. The article was discussed by Christopher Docksey (Hon. Director General, EDPS), Prof. Christopher Kuner (Brussels Privacy Hub) and Dr Hielke Hijmans (Brussels Privacy Hub). Find a summary of the interesting debate as well as the video of the full debate on our website.

10 June 2018

PhD Vacancy at LSTS: Call for applications on privacy and data protection legislation in connection with smart technologies (energy and transport)

 

LSTS is looking for a motivated researcher to join its research unit on smart technologies (energy and transport) and personal data protection law.

 

As part of his or her duties, the candidate, will be working on an ongoing innovation project funded by the European Commission (H2020) with a focus on providing solutions for cities to “significantly increase their overall energy and resource efficiency through actions addressing the building stock, energy systems, mobility, and air quality”.

 

For more information on the application process and job description, see LSTS Vacancy.

6 June 2018

3rd successful Law Enforcement Data Access event on encrypted data

 

On 6 June 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub in collaboration with Canvas Project hosted its 3rd successful Law Enforcement Data Access Series event titled “Encrypted data: Challenges and Opportunities” under the chairwomanship of Catherine Van De Heyning (FRC, VUB). The event combined perspectives from policy-makers, Graham Willmott, Head of Unit DG Home, European Commission, industry, Owen Bennett, Mozilla, academia, Prof. Joachim Meese, University of Antwerpen, with practical insights from law enforcement, Jan Kerkhofs, Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office, Counter Terrorism Unit & Cybercrime Unit. It concluded with a lively debate with the audience. A summary of the proceedings will be uploaded soon to our Website.

23 May 2018

Hub holds roundtable on the GDPR and diplomatic missions

 

On Tuesday 22 May, the Hub held a roundtable on the GDPR and diplomatic missions. The roundtable, which was by invitation only, examined the potential impact of the GDPR on the work of embassies and other diplomatic missions. It was attended by diplomats from a number of non-EU countries.

22 May 2018

Christopher Kuner speaks at St Petersburg International Legal Forum

 

Hub co-director Prof. Christopher Kuner spoke on two panels at the St Petersburg International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. On Thursday 17 May he spoke on the panel “Identification of Participants in Legal Relations of the Digital Environment and New Digital Services: Trend Towards Digital Economy”, and on Friday 18 May he spoke on the panel “Data for Everything: in Search of Balance of Interests”. The Forum was attended by several thousand delegates from 86 countries.

22 May 2018

Christopher Kuner publishes article in Common Market Law Review

 

Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner has just published the following article on the EU Court of Justice’s Opinion 1/15 on the proposed EU-Canada PNR agreement: "International agreements, data protection, and EU fundamental rights on the international stage: Opinion 1/15 (EU-Canada PNR)", vol. 55 no. 3 Common Market Law Review 857-882 (2018)

10 May 2018

First Law Enforcement Data Access summary on the US-Cloud-Act now available

 

On 18 April 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub in collaboration with the JUD-IT project, held its first event in its new Law Enforcement Data Access Series titled “US CLOUD-Act: Signalling change in global data flows?”. The event featured discussions by the key experts Gloria González Fuster (VUB), Jason Biros (U.S. mission to the European Union), Juraj Sajfert (DG JUST, European Commission), Maryant Fernández Pérez (European Digital Rights) and Jens-Henrik Jeppesen. They debated the significance of the US CLOUD act for cross-border access to electronic data. Please find a summary now here.

9 May 2018

Hub hosts second successful Law Enforcement Data Access event on e-evidence

 

On 9 May 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub in collaboration with Live_For held its second event in its new Law Enforcement Data Access Series titled “The new EU framework on e-evidence”. The event brought together a panel of Lani Cosette (Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft), Maria Angela Biasotti (Project Coordinator of the EU project EVIDENCE, via videoconference), and Laure Baudrihaye-Gérard (Senior lawyer, Fair trials). The event was chaired by Paul de Hert (Brussels Privacy Hub, VUB) and engaged in an intense debate on the future of e-evidence in the EU legal framework. A summary of this debate will be made available soon on our website.

 

9 May 2018

Study International, European and Data Law in Brussels

 

The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) has joined forces with VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES) to offer the possibility to study International and European Law with a Data Law specialisation in Brussels, starting from the academic year 2018-19. Students of the LLM in International and European law, an Advanced Master’s degree, will be able to follow a new Data Law option, consisting of three courses: ‘International and European data protection law’, ‘Data policies in the EU’, and a case study on ‘Global privacy and data protection law’. You can find more information here.

5 May 2018

Now available the successful first collaboration event with the EDPS online!

 

On 20 February 2018, the EDPS and the Brussels Privacy Hub co-organised a lunch workshop on ‘Putting a price on your invaluable private life? Personal data and the values behind’. Romain Robert (EDPS) and Gloria González Fuster (VUB) facilitated the discussion among Damian Clifford (KU Leuven), Sari Depreeuw (Daldewolf), Géraldine Proust (FEDMA), and Agustín Reyna (BEUC). To learn more about the issues addressed by the speakers you can read an event summary or watch a full recording here.

5 May 2018

Christopher Kuner interviewed by Goldman Sachs on the GDPR

 

Hub co-director Prof. Christopher Kuner has given an interview to the publication “Top of Mind” published by Global Macro Research of Goldman Sachs on 26 April. The interview deals with the impact of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

27 April 2018

Meet the author with Maja Brkan: Video now available

 

On 20 April 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub hosted a new event titled “In search of the concept of essence of EU fundamental rights through the prism of data privacy” in its Meet the Author Series, featuring Maja Brkan, the acclaimed author of “The concept of essence of fundamental rights in the EU legal order: Peeling the onion to its core” (European Constitutional Law Review, Issue 2, 2018, Forthcoming). The fascinating debate on this theme at the core of the European constitutional order was stirred and furthered by excellent remarks by Hielke Hijmans (Brussels Privacy Hub), Prof Dr Christopher Kuner (Brussels Privacy Hub) and Christopher Docksey (Hon. Director General, EDPS). A full video recording of the event is now available here. A summary will be made available shortly.

 

26 April 2018

First event of the new Hub Law Enforcement Data Access Series on the US CLOUD-Act highly sought after

 

On 18 April 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub in collaboration with the JUD-IT project, held its first event in its new Law Enforcement Data Access Series titled “US CLOUD-Act: Signalling change in global data flows?”. The event was booked out quickly and brought together key experts Gloria González Fuster (VUB), Jason Biros (U.S. mission to the European Union), Juraj Sajfert (DG JUST, European Commission), Maryant Fernández Pérez (European Digital Rights) and Jens-Henrik Jeppesen to discuss the significance of the US CLOUD act for cross-border access to electronic data. A Working Paper on the results of this debate will be made available soon on the Brussels Privacy Hub Website.

27 March 2018

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner quoted in POLITICO on global privacy enforcement

 

On 26 March 2018, Prof. Christopher Kuner, Co-Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, was quoted in a story by POLITICO entitled “Facebook data scandal opens new era in global privacy enforcement” which described the Cambridge Analytica revelations from a data protection regulatory perspective. For Kuner the revealed practice of data mining and large amount of personal information available from Facebook showed the need for “having a strong data protection authority”, though it still remains to be seen “whether they are up for the task”. The full article is available with POLITICO.

 

27 March 2018

Hub Member interviewed about Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal

 

Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster has been interviewed by La Voz de Galicia, in the context of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal and the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read the interview here.

 

23 March 2018

Conference on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action: Summary now available

 

The Conference on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action on 12 March 2018 of the Brussels Privacy Hub, the Belgian Ministry of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda Telecom and Postal Services, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium was very well received by its over 100 participants. The conference discussed in two panels with leading experts the principles of data protection most relevant for humanitarian action and the data protection implications of using cash-transfers to provide humanitarian assistance. If you missed the event, please find here a programme and the summary of the event.

 

15 March 2018

Conference on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action a great success

 

On 12 March 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub in collaboration with the Data Protection Office of the International Red Cross (ICRC), the Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda Telecom and Postal Services, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium organised a Conference on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action. The event was widely attended with more than 120 participants. After an introduction by Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner, followed by keynotes of Alexander de Croo (Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services) and Charlotte Lindsey Curtet (Director of Communication and Information Management, ICRC) the Conference focused in two panels on some of the practical issues arise when data protection rules are applied to Humanitarian Action. During the event, the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action of the Hub and the ICRC was praised several times for its relevance and usefulness in addressing these difficult issues. A summary of the event will be available soon.

 

15 March 2018

Privacy and data protection seals

 

Brussels Privacy Hub member Vagelis Papakonstantinou has co-edited, together with Rowena Rodrigues from Trilateral Research, a new book on “Privacy and Data Protection Seals”, just published by T.M.C. Asser Press under its Information Technology and Law series (distribution by Springer). The book presents timely and needed contributions on privacy and data protection seals as seen from general, legal, policy, economic, technological, and societal perspectives, covering data protection certification in the EU (i.e., the possibilities, actors and building blocks); the Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Seal; the French Privacy Seal Scheme; privacy seals in the USA, Europe, Japan, Canada, India and Australia; controversies, challenges and lessons for privacy seals; the potential for privacy seals in emerging technologies; and an economic analysis.

The book’s chapter on the EU perspective, “Data Protection Certification in the EU: Possibilities, Actors and Building Blocks in a Reformed Landscape”, has been drafted by BPH’s Director, Paul de Hert, together with LSTS’ Irene Kamara

2 March 2018

Hub Advisory Board Member Paul Nemitz appointed as VUB Fellow

 

On 6 February 2018 Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor at the European Commission and Privacy Hub board member, has been appointed as a Fellow of the University. The award ceremony will be held on June 21, 2018. “VUB Fellow” is the highest grade of membership of the University, a title bestowed upon unique personalities. Through the VUB Fellowship programme academics, society, and business meet to discuss joint challenges, exchange experiences and share good practices.

28 February 2018

Hub member Laura Drechsler wins 3rd prize in LexisNexis Best Paper Award at IRIS2018

 

 

 

 

On 22 February 2018, Brussels Privacy Hub member Laura Drechsler was awarded the 3rd prize in the LexisNexis Best Paper Award competition for the 21st Internationale Rechtsinformatik Symposium (IRIS) in Salzburg for her paper “Data As Counter-performance: A New Way Forward Or A Step Back For The Fundamental Right Of Data Protection”. The paper analyses the proposal for Digital Content Directive from a data protection angle and is available in the conference proceedings published also online by Weblaw.

28 February 2018

Successful Workshop on Big Data Analytics by Telecommunications Operators and the draft ePrivacy Regulation

 

On 22 February 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub hosted a Workshop on Big Data Analytics by Telecommunications Operators and the draft ePrivacy Regulation. The well-received workshop moderated by Vagelis Papakonstantinou (Brussels Privacy Hub, LSTS, VUB) discussed with speakers Hielke Hijmans (Brussels Privacy Hub), Cédrine Morlière (Belgian Privacy Commission) and Achim Klabunde (Head of Sector IT Policy, EDPS) potential user and data processing scenarios and assessed regulatory solutions. The findings of the Workshop will be summarised in a Brussels Privacy Hub Working Paper to be made available on our Website.

 

22 February 2018

Recording of the successful first Lunchtime Event with the EDPS online

 

On 20 February 2018, the EDPS and the Brussels Privacy Hub co-organised a lunch workshop at the EDPS premises on ‘Putting a price on your invaluable private life? Personal data and the values behind’. The debate between our speakers, Damian Clifford (KU Leuven), Sari Depreeuw (Daldewolf), Géraldine Proust (FEDMA), Agustín Reyna (BEUC), Romain Robert (EDPS) and Gloria Gonzàlez Fuster (VUB) were both fruitful and academically engaging! If you missed this high-level debate, watch a full recording here.

22 February 2018

Recording available of roundtable on the European Investigation Order

 

On 15 January 2018, the VUB Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism Research Group, as partner of the EU project LIVE_ FOR, organised a round table addressing cross border access to electronic evidence and judicial cooperation in the context of the European Investigation Order. The panel composed by LSTS members Mireille Hildebrandt, Paul De Hert, Gloria Gonzalez Fuster and FRC member Catherine Van der Heyning, examined the fundamental elements of the instrument and addressed some of its current and future challenges jointly with the notions sovereignty, territoriality and jurisdiction, individual´s fundamental rights and the work of law enforcement authorities in the digital era. Find a video of the full event here.

13 February 2018

Brussels Privacy Hub Lunchtime event co-organised with the EDPS completely booked out

 

On 20 February 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the EDPS will co-organise a lunchtime debate titled “Putting a price on your invaluable private life? Personal data and the values behind”. The debate moderated by Romain Robert (EDPS) with Gloria González Fuster (VUB), Damian Clifford (KU Leuven), Sari Depreeuw (Daldewolf), Géraldine Proust (FEDMA) and Agustín Reyna (BEUC) was completely booked out within two weeks. If you missed the registration, you can watch a full recording of the event or read the summary afterwards. Both will be available on the Brussels Privacy Hub Website.

 

9 February 2018

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner publishes paper on “International Organisations and the GDPR”

 

Christopher Kuner, Co-Director of the Hub, has published a paper entitled “International Organisations and the EU General Data Protection Regulation” in the University of Cambridge Law Faculty Research Paper Studies Series. The paper examines the impact of the GDPR on the work of international organizations (such as organisations established under public international law).

 

 

 

 

6 February 2018

BPH Panel on Data Protection Challenges in Humanitarian Action a great success

 

The Brussels Privacy Hub successfully organised a panel for the 11th edition of CPDP on Data Protection Challenges in Humanitarian Action. The well attended panel focused on the special situation of humanitarian organisations in regard to data protection. The expert speakers Ben Parker (IRIN), Alexander Beck (UNHCR), Massimo Marelli (ICRC), Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion (Privacy International) and Vagelis Papakonstantinou (BPH) each presented a different opinion on the matter, leading to a fruitful and engaging discourse. If you missed the Panel or want to re-watch it, please find a full recording here.

 

 

 

 

5 February 2018

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner cited in POLITICO on “Brussels effect”

 

On 31 January 2018, POLITICO published an article on the external influence the entering of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have on a global scale through its strict rules on cross-border data transfers and its application on companies tending to EU customers. Within the article ‘Europe’s new data protection rules export privacy standards worldwide’ Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner is cited on two occasions as main expert for what he terms “the Brussels effect”, namely that through data protection Europe is trying to extend its influence over other countries. “In terms of regulatory influence, Europe is definitely a superpower”, so Kuner. To read the full article on POLITICO, click here.

 

 

 

2 February 2018

2nd edition of Meet the Author – summary now available

 

On 18 December 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub held the 2nd edition of its Meet the Author Series of Lunchtime “The relationship between EU consumer law and data protection”. Dr Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (University of Amsterdam) and Agustin Reyna (BEUC) presented their article for the Common Law Review co-authored with Prof Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam) named “The perfect match? A closer look at the relationship between EU consumer law and data protection”. The presentation was followed by interventions of Christian D’Cunha (European Data Protection Supervisor), Prof. Gloria González (Brussels Privacy Hub, LSTS, VUB) and Hielke Hijmans (Brussels Privacy Hub). A full recording of the video can be found here. If you prefer reading to watching, a summary of the debate and interventions is available now!

 

 

31 January 2018

Brussels Privacy Hub and Privacy Salon host successful launch for CPDP 2018

 

On 23 January 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub teamed up with Privacy Salon to host a launch event for the 11th edition of CPDP. The event was an exclusive roundtable on “Cross-border data transfers”, where the discussants Max Schrems (noyb), Renate Nikolay (Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Vĕra Jourová, DG JUST, European Commission) and Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Future of Privacy Forum) debated especially data flows in the transatlantic context. The heated debate was moderated by Omer Tene (IAPP). If you missed the debate, find a full recording here.

 

19 January 2018

CPDP launch event: Speakers confirmed!

 

On 23 January 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the Privacy Salon will be hosting an exclusive launch event for the 11th edition of CPDP. This year's launch will be an Evening Roundtable on "Cross-border Data Transfers" starting at 18.00, followed by a cocktail. The excellent debate moderated by Omer Tene (IAPP), will include Max Schrems (noyb), Renate Nikolay (Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Vĕra Jourová, DG JUST, European Commission) and Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)) and focus on “cross-border data transfers” especially in the transatlantic context. Registration.

 

02 December 2017

 

Prof. Christopher Kuner is a Visiting Professor at Chuo University in Tokyo

 

From mid-November through early December Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Comparative Law at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. He was hosted by Prof. Hiroshi Miyashita, who was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Brussels Privacy Hub. During his stay Prof. Kuner gave lectures and participated in various workshops. In particular, he was the keynote speaker at a staff seminar at Chuo Law School entitled “EU General Data Protection Regulation and Artificial Intelligence Society” on 29 November.

 

28 November 2017

 

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action at the Responsible Data Community Call on the GDPR

 

On 22 November 2017, the Responsible Data Forum organised a Community Call on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), during which the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action was introduced by Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster. More information, including additional resources on the protection of data in humanitarian action, can be found in this blog post: Looking back at the GDPR community call and sharing resources.

 

23 November 2017

 

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action at the Council of Europe

 

On 23 November 2017, the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action of the Brussels Privacy Hub and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will be presented at the 35th Plenary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No.108). This presentation further underlines the importance and relevance of the Handbook for Humanitarian Action and will greatly enhance its visibility.

 

21 November 2017

 

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action to be presented at the annual DG ECHO partners’ conference

 

DG ECHO (Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) is hosting its partners’ annual conference on 30 November to 1 December. In collaboration with the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, BPH will present the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action to organizations delivering humanitarian aid around the world.

A more detailed summary of the conference will follow after the event.

6 November 2017

 

2nd edition of the Brussels Privacy Symposium

 

The Brussels Privacy Hub and the Future of Privacy Forum held the 2nd Annual Brussels Privacy Symposium on 6 November 2017 on the topic “AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge”. With three keynote speeches and four panels the symposium provided an excellent overview of the ethical and legal issues connected to algorithms and artificial intelligence. The speakers were among the best in their respective fields and offered insights into fields from computer engineering to airport security. The event, which had been booked out for weeks, was attended by over 100 participants, who actively participated in the discussions in the panels. The papers of the Symposium will be published by IEEE Security & Privacy. More information and material on the event can be found here.

26 October 2017

 

Hub collaborating with DPIA-lab organised debate on ethics

 

On 26 October 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub in cooperation with DPIA-Lab organised a debate named “Data protection and ethics. Does more ethics imply more duties for controllers?” with Professor J. Peter Burgess, Dariuz Kloza and Wojciech R Wiewiórowski debating on the role of ethics in data protection. A summary of the debate will be published soon.

12 October 2017

 

Max Planck Conference: in-depth material now available

 

On October 12, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law held a joint conference entitled “Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law and Data Protection in Cyberspace” in Luxembourg. The excellent conference proceedings (find the programme here) merited in-depth material to be uploaded for the Hub audience. Please find here a summary of the different panels. To replay the whole conference watch part 1 and part 2 as a video.

 

12 October 2017

 

Hub and Max Planck Institute Luxembourg hold joint conference on jurisdiction, conflicts of law, and data protection on the Internet.

 

On 12 October, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law held a joint conference entitled “Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law and Data Protection in Cyberspace” at the Institute’s headquarters in Luxembourg. The program of the conference included presentations by academics and experts from around the world, including Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe of the Court of Justice of the EU. There were nearly 100 people in attendance. The entire conference was filmed, and the video of it will be posted here shortly. A short written summary of the conference will also be posted.

 

5 October 2017

 

Hub hosted Lunchtime Workshop on genetic data research with Professor Paul Quinn and genetic researcher Liam Quinn

 

On 5 October, the Brussels Privacy Hub organised a Lunchtime debate titled “The Implications of the GDPR for Research Involving Genetic Data”, where Professor Paul Quinn and genetic researcher Liam Quinn introduced the audience to both the legal and the scientific aspects of genetic data research. A summary of the workshop can be found here.

29 September 2017

Digital data, migrants and refugees.

 

Lina Jasmontaite presented the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action at the workshop on Digital data, migrants and refugees (programme), organized by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Rennes University. During her contribution Lina addressed risks and challenges concerning the use of mobile devices and, in particular, mobile messaging apps, in humanitarian action. Her presentation also reflected on specific issues concerning the use of mobile apps by refugees and migrants.

 

22 September 2017

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner speaks at EU workshop on ePrivacy

 

On Friday 22 September, Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner spoke at an invitation-only workshop on e-privacy organised for the EU institutions by DG Connect of the European Commission. His presentation was entitled “The relevant rules of the ePrivacy Directive and different implementations”.

 

20 September 2017

Meet the Author Series with Hielke Hijmans

 

On 20 September, the Brussels Privacy Hub launched its first edition of the “Meet the author series”. Author Dr Hielke Hijmans book titled “The EU as Guardian of Internet Privacy” was debated in front of a vivid audience by Professor Christopher Kuner, Dr Orla Lynskey and Christopher Docksey. A summary of the workshop can be found http://brusselsprivacyhub.eu/publications/ws10.html.

4 September 2017

Delegation from Chuo University in Tokyo visits the Hub

 

On 4 September 2017, the BPH welcomed a student delegation from Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan headed by former BPH Visiting Scholar Prof. Hiroshi Miyashita. The students were received on behalf of the Hub by Prof. Christopher Kuner, and a discussion was held about data protection law in the EU and Japan.

 

22 August 2017

Brussels Privacy Hub in Korea

 

Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner has given speeches at two events in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in August 2017. On 22 August, he spoke on “The Internet and the Global Reach of EU law” at a seminar in the Asia Pacific Law Forum Series held at the Seoul National University School of Law. And on 24 August he spoke in the opening panel of the international conference “Policy Issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Privacy” held at the Korea Press Center.

 

31 July 2017

New Working Paper: Does Technology Drive Law? The Dilemma Of Technological Exceptionalism In Cyberlaw

 

Prof. Meg Leta-Jones, BPH's most recent Visiting Scholar, is the author of the most recent addition to the BPH Working Paper Series. During her stay in Brussels

Prof. Leta-Jones presented her ongoing research both internally and externally. The working paper, Does Technology Drive Law? The Dilemma Of Technological Exceptionalism In Cyberlaw highlights some of these discussions and ongoing research conducted by Prof. Leta-Jones.

 

27 July 2017

New blog post: Data Protection, Data Transfers, and International Agreements: the CJEU’s Opinion 1/15

 

Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner has published an analysis of the EU Court of Justice’s Opinion 1/15 issued on 26 July on on the Verfassungsblog.

14 July 2017

New blog post: Creating International Frameworks for Data Protection: The ICRC/Brussels Privacy Hub Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action

 

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.

 

 

12 July 2017

New blog post: “Third country law in the CJEU’s data protection judgments”

 

Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner has published a post dealing with the role of third country law in the data protection judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU in the European Law Blog.

11 July 2017

New Publication: Reality and Illusion in EU Data Transfer Regulation post Schrems

 

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.

 

8 July 2017

Christopher Kuner presents at ICON-S Conference in Copenhagen

 

Christopher Kuner, co-director of the Hub, presented a paper entitled “Third country legal regimes and the CJEU” at the annual conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) in Copenhagen on 7 July.

6 July 2017

Contribution to the International Exploratory Workshop on Data Ownership

 

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.

30 June 2017

Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly publish Handbook on Data Protection and Humanitarian Action

 

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.

26 June 2017

BPH Welcomes Professor Meg Jones as Visiting Scholar

 

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.

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26 June 2017

BPH Welcomes Professor Meg Jones as Visiting Scholar

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.

 

9 June 2017

Christopher Kuner speaks at European Development Days Conference in Brussels

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.

 

May 2017

Vacancy: PhD position on Data Ownership

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 info@brusselsprivacyhub.org.

 

May 2017

Call for papers - AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge

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.

 

April 2017

New Working Paper: European Human Rights, Criminal Surveillance, and Intelligence Surveillance: Towards "Good Enough" Oversight, Preferably but not necessarily by Judges

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.

 

April 2017

Christopher Kuner publishes lectures on data protection in the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law

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.

 

March 2017

BPH Summer School: Final programme now available

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).

 

March 2017

BPH partners with IAPP to provide DPO Training

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.

 

February 2017

BPH Workshop Summaries now available

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.

 

February 2017

BPH Co-Director Christopher Kuner speaks at the European University Institute

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.

 

January 2017

BPH Panel on the Reform of the e-Privacy Directive at CPDP2017

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.

 

January 2017

Brussels Privacy Hub in collaboration with partners Lsec, Data protection institute Cranium and Deloitte, present the first CPDP Hands-on Training session

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!

 

January 2017

BPH & Privacy Salon launch CPDP 2017: Patterns, Profiling and PNR

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.

 

December 2016

New Working Paper Published: The Right to be Forgotten and Search Engine Liability

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.

 

November 2016

First Annual Brussels Privacy Symposium: a great success!

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.

 

November 2016

Hub Co-Director gives keynote speech at Cyberspace conference, Brno, Czech Republic

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.

 

October 2016

Programme Now Available: Training Seminar Implementing the GDPR - Practical Challenges

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.

 

October 2016

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner speaks at Trinity College Dublin

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.

 

October 2016

New Working Paper: Structure and Enforcement of Data Privacy Law in South Korea

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.

 

October 2016

Christopher Kuner & Mireille Hildebrandt give presentations at closed session of 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Marrakesh

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.

 

September 2016

Did you miss our EU Korea seminar? Recording is now available

In July 2016, BPH co-hosted a seminar with the Seoul National University Center for Law and Economics. The programme included a welcome address from His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union and interventions from Professor Christopher Kuner (Co-director of Brussels Privacy Hub), Professor Haksoo Ko (Professor of Law, Seoul National University School of Law), Professor Paul de Hert (Co-director of Brussels Privacy Hub) and Mr. Sang Joo Lee (SVP for Global Privacy Office, Samsung. To hear more about synergies between EU and Korean data protection regimes the recording of the seminar is now available.

 

September 2016

Hub Member appointed a member of the Hellenic Greek Data Protection Authority

Vagelis Papakonstantinou, BPH Training Coordinator, has been appointed a Member (alternate) of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA). HDPA is headed by its President (a supreme court judge) and a Commission composed of altogether ten Members (four alternates). The President and members of the Authority are appointed for a period of four years and their term of office may be renewed only once.

 

July 2016

Christopher Kuner teaches at Academy of European Law Summer School in Florence

In July 2016, Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner taught a course entitled “The Future of the Internet and the Global Reach of EU Law in the Context of Online Data Protection and Internet Governance” at the summer school of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

 

July 2016

BPH hosts one day conference that considers European Data Protection Law reform from the Belgian Perspective

On 7 July 2016, Brussels Privacy Hub hosted a one day conference New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective, that brought together data protection experts and Belgian professionals impacted by the data protection reform at European level. Brussels Privacy Hub was honoured to host Secretary of State for Privacy, Phiippe de Backer who spoke to conference participants about some of the challenges that new data protection reforms pose for Belgian legal professionals. For full information, please see the Final Programme.

 

July 2016

Brussels Privacy Hub welcomes Professor Haksoo Ko as Visiting Scholar

Brussels Privacy Hub is delighted to welcome Professor Haksoo Ko from Seoul National University Centre for Law and Economics as a Visiting Scholar. During his stay, Professor Ko presented the Korean data protection framework at a seminar on EU Korea Data Protection that was supported by Samsung and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union.

 

July 2016

1st European Data Protection Law Summer School kicks off with keynote address by Mr Paul Nemitz

The 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School: Getting to Grips with the GDPR was inaugurated by Mr Paul Nemitz who gave a keynote speech on to summer school participants. Mr Nemitz discussed "EU Data Protection Now: Priorities and Challenges". The keynote address was followed by questions and comments from Prof Lee A. Bygrave who was a member of the summer school faculty and reflected upon issues covered during the summer school sessions.

 

June 2016

Belgian Secretary of State for Privacy, Philippe De Backer to Open conference on European Data Protection Reform: Final Programme now available

On 7 July 2016, Brussels Privacy Hub will be hosting New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective, a one day conference that seeks to provide better understanding of the implications of upcoming EU rules on legal professionals working with Belgian public authorities and companies. The Final Programme is now available. Register now to be sure not to miss out.

 

June 2016

Call for Papers: Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization

On 8 November 2016, the Brussels Privacy Symposium will be hosting an academic workshop on Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization. See the call for papers inviting authors to submit papers for presentation at a full-day programme to take place in Brussels.

 

June 2016

Internet Privacy Rights in Brazil: Hub Working Papper presented at VUB research seminar

On 20 June 2016, Dr Vinicius Borges Fortes will introduce the right to privacy in Brazil and the Internet Privacy Rights in regulating personal data protection through a prospective of an inexistent specific regulation in the Brazilian context. The presentation will be based upon his Hub Working Paper entitled, The right to Privacy and Personal Data Protection in Brazil: Time for internet privacy rights?

 

June 2016

New European Regulation on Data Protection, Big Data and Innovation: Co-Director keynote speaker at IV International Conference of the Google Chair on Privacy, Soicety and Innovation

On 23 June 2016, the Google Chair on Privacy Society and Information (created in 2012) will host an International Conference on Privacy, Society and Innovation at San Pablo-CEU, University of Madrid. Big Data, Cyber Security and Innovation after European Reforms on Data Protection will consider the challenges facing the relationship between privacy and Data Driven Innovation in areas such as Big Data, after the adoption of the new European Data Protection Regulation. Prof Paul De Hert will deliver a keynote address on New European Regulation on Data Protection, Big Data and Innovation.

 

May 2016

New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective (7 July 2016) - Register Now

Register now for this one day conference that seeks to provide better understanding of the implications of upcoming EU rules on legal professionals working with Belgian public authorities and companies. The programme promises insight from prominent data protection experts.

 

May 2016

New Working Paper: Permissions and Prohibitions in Data Protection Jurisdiction

Mistale Taylor, BPH Fellow, has published a new BPH Working Paper that explores Permissions and Prohibitions in Data Protection Jurisdiction. The Paper considers how EU data protection law could fall under traditional permissive principles of jurisdiction under public international law. The paper examines these principles in light of the extraterritorial reach of the Data Protection Directive and General Data Protection Regulation.

 

May 2016

Dr Hiroshi Miyashita on the right to be forgotten and genetic data

Hub Visiting Scholar, Dr Hiroshi Miyashita presented, to VUB colleagues, a comparative analysis on the right to be forgotten as well as an introductory overview of his new research into genetic data and the emerging challenges faced by Japan. He will continue his stay by presenting at an EU-Japan data protection workshop.

 

May 2016

New blog entry: Why the UN should be the world's lead privacy agency

A new blog entry entitled Why the UN should be the world's lead privacy agency has been published on the IAPP Privacy Perspective. The blog was written by Prof. Paul de Hert, BPH Co-Director and Vagelis Papakonstantinou, LSTS Researcher.

 

May 2016

Hub welcomes visiting scholar: Dr Hiroshi Miyashita

Dr Hiroshi Miyashita has arrived in Brussels, as a BPH Visting Scholar. During his stay he will be continuing his research on the right to be forgotten and genetic data. He will be collaborating with fellow VUB colleagues as well as participating in a number of events with external partners.

 

April 2016

Programme now available - Register for the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School: Getting to the Grips with the GDPR

The programme of the Brussels Privacy Hub 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School: Getting to the Grips with the GDPR is now available. The programme highlights a summer school faculty of top data protection law professionals, experts in their field. Register now and don't miss out on what promises to be a week filled of opportunities to further understand the implications of the GDPR and to network with other data protection professionals. The summer school has also been approved by the IAPP, with a maximum of 12 CPEs available for IAPP certified attendees.

 

April 2016

New publication: Enforcing Privacy: Regulatory, Legal and Technological Approaches

Paul de Hert, Hub Co-Director and David Wright, Trilateral Research and Hub Summer School Faculty Member, have co-edited a new publication entitled Enforcing Privacy: Regulatory, Legal and Technological Approaches. The book considers the enforcement of privacy and data protection. It demonstrates different approaches – regulatory, legal and technological – to enforcing privacy. The book's contributors include regulators, privacy advocates, academics, SMEs, a Member of the European Parliament, lawyers and a technology researcher.

 

April 2016

Hub Co-Director on the implications of the GDPR for businesses in the CS Monitor

Christopher Kuner, Hub Co-Director has been quoted in an article in the CS Monitor regarding the implications of the GDPR and How Europe's new privacy rules affect entire digital economy.

 

April 2016

GDPR: We all need to work at it: New publication by Hub member

Professor Gloria Gonzàlez-Fuster, BPH Summer School Programme Coordinator and LSTS Research Professor, has published an article GDPR: We all need to work at it in which she considers whether the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will help to create a better internet for kids? She argues yes… but only if we all work on it!

 

March 2016

BPH Co-Director publishes new paper: Reality and Illusion in EU Data Transfer Regulation Post Schrems

Christopher Kuner, BPH Co-Director has published a paper entitled: Reality and Illusion in EU Data Transfer Regulation Post Schrems. The paper considers the recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner.

 

March 2016

BPH Hosts a Data Protection Law Reading Group on the Privacy Shield

On 18 March, the BPH hosted a Data Protection Law Reading Group bringing together a small group of Brussels-based experts from EU institutions, academia, and data protection authorities. The discussion, facilitated by Prof. Gloria Gonzàlez Fuster focused upon the Privacy Shield and discussed relevant data protection legal developments. The Reading Group was held at the offices of the European Data Protection Supervisor.

 

March 2016

BPH Hosts first workshop in series on the Implementation of the EU GDPR

BPH has hosted the first of six workshops on the Implementation of the EU GDPR. The first workshop will discuss the territorial scope of the new GDPR and brings together fellow VUB colleagues and data protection professionals from EDPS, the European Commission and national data protection authorities.

 

February 2016

New BPH Working Paper: The right to privacy and personal data protection in Brazil: Time for internet privacy rights? by Dr Vinícius Borges

LSTS Visiting Researcher, Dr Vinícius Borges Fortes has contributed to the Brussels Privacy Hub Working Papers series. The paper examines the convenience of using the innovative concept of ‘Internet privacy rights’ to address a gap in the Brazilian legal system concerning laws and infrastructure for the effective guarantee of the right to data protection online, coupled with the absence of specific conceptual precision on the notion of privacy on the Internet.

 

March 2016

BPH Working Papers on privacy and data protection in China and Brazil showcased on the Cybersecurity Capacity Portal

Two working papers from the Brussels Privacy Hub Working Paper Series written by Hub and LSTS researchers have been featured on the Cybersecurity Capacity Portal which is an initative of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at the University of Oxford.

 

February 2016

Hub co-hosts workshops on data protection in humanitarian action with International Committee of the Red Cross

The Brussels Privacy Hub hosted two full-day workshops in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross. The first workshop considered data analyticis in humanitarian action and the second looked at the use of drones/UAVs in the humanitarian context. The discussions and contributions from invited participants will assist in the drafting of a handbook on data protection guidelines for humanitarian organisations. Further information about the topics to be covered as part of this project can be found on the data protection in humanitarian action project page.

 

February 2016

Watch “Privacy in the EU and US: A debate between Max Schrems and Peter Swire” online

The Brussels Privacy Hub pre-CPDP launch event “Privacy in the EU and US: A debate between Max Schrems and Peter Swire” is now available to watch online.

 

February 2016

Hub co-director member of jury of Rob Van den Hoven van Genderen: Privacy Limitation Clauses: Trojan Horses under the Disguise of Democracy On the Reduction of Privacy by National Authorities in Cases of National Security and Justice Matters

Prof Paul de Hert has been accepted as a member of the jury of Rob Van den Hoven van Genderen. Privacy Limitation Clauses: Trojan Horses under the Disguise of Democracy On the Reduction of Privacy by National Authorities in Cases of National Security and Justice Matters. The Promoters are Prof. mr. A.R. (Arno) Lodder (Vrije Universitet Amsterdam) & Prof. mr. A. (Anja) Oskamp (Open Universiteit). Other jury members: Prof. dr. W.G. (Wouter) Werner (VU), Prof. dr. I. (Ian) Lloyd, Prof. dr. T.C. (Thomas) Wingfield, National defense university, Washington DC), Prof. dr. G.P. (Jeanne) Mifsud Bonnici, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

 

February 2016

Hub co-director to give talk on "The data protection regime applying to the inter-agency cooperation and future architecture of the EU criminal justice and law enforcement area"

On 1 February 2016, Prof Paul de Hert will present at a workshop on The Directive for data protection in the police and justice sectors: a significant step towards modern EU data protection? hosted by KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law.

 

January 2016

Hub co-director to give talk on "The internet from market place to network"

Prof Paul de Hert has been invited to give a talk on "The Internet from market place to network" at the Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion IRIS 2016, from 25-27 February hosted by the law faculty at the University of Salzburg.

 

January 2016

Hub to host pre-CPDP launch event: “Privacy in the EU and US: A debate between Max Schrems and Peter Swire”

The Brussels Privacy Hub is pleased to announce a pre-CPDP launch event: “Privacy in the EU and US: A debate between Max Schrems and Peter Swire”. For more information and registration information, please see Hub events page.

 

December 2015

LSTS Researcher Irene Kamara wins award at ITU Kaleidoscope Conference 2015

Irene’s paper ‘Raising trust in security products and systems through standardisation and certification: the CRISP approach’ won third best paper award at the Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society in December 2015, in Barcelona. The conference proceedings are now available.

 

December 2015

Blog entry on the European Court of Human Rights' follow-up to the Schrems case: Roman Zakharov v Russia

Professor Paul de Hert, Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director has co-authored a blog, with Pedro Cristobel Bocos (VUB), entitled the Case of Roman Zakharov v. Russia: The Strasbourg follow up to the Luxembourg Court’s Schrems judgment. The blog, published in the Strasbourg Observers, considers the development of international human rights protection in the area of digital rights and in particular, at a European level following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union that cancels the Safe Harbor decision - Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner.

 

December 2015

Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director to present at 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners 2016

Professor Paul de Hert, Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director has been asked to present at a panel of the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, due to be hosted by the Moroccan Commission for the Control of the Protection of Personal Data in October 2016.

 

December 2015

New article: Google Spain: Addressing critiques and misunderstandings one year later

Professor Paul de Hert, Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director and Vagelis Papakonstantionou have just published their latest article, Google Spain: Addresing Critiques and Misunderstandings One Year Later, in the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol. 22, Issue 4 (2015).

 

October 2015

LSTS Researcher Irene Kamara nominated for an award at ITU Kaleidoscope Conference 2015

Irene’s paper ‘Raising trust in security products and systems through standardisation and certification: the CRISP approach’ will be presented at the Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society in December 2015, in Barcelona. The paper is co-authored with two other CRISP partners, Thordis Sveinsdottir (Trilateral Research and Consulting) and Simone Wurster (The Chair for Innovation Economics, Technische Universität Berlin). The paper presents the research output of the CRISP Project (Evaluation and Certification Schemes for Security Products) a three year project (April 2014 – March 2017) that aims to facilitate a harmonized playing field for the European security industry by developing a robust methodology for security product certification.

 

October 2015

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez Fuster co-authors report for the European Parliament

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, Research Professor at the Law, Science, Techology and Society (LSTS) research group at VUB, has co-authored a report entitled "Big Data and Smart Devices and Their Impact on Privacy" for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament. The report was written for the European Parliament with Dr. Amandine Scherrer of the Centre d’Etudes sur les Conflits, Liberté et Sécurité (CCLS) and co-ordinated by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

 

9 October 2015

Brussels Privacy Hub in the New York Times and The Economist

The Brussels Privacy Hub has been mentioned recently in the New York Times and The Economist. In the New York Times, the Hub is mentioned in a story of 24 September dealing with the opinion of Advocate General Yves Bot in the Schrems case of the Court of Justice of the EU, and in a story of 7 October dealing with the judgment of the CJEU in the case. In The Economist, the Hub is mentioned in a story of 10 October dealing with transatlantic tensions over data protection and privacy.

 

8 October 2015

Blog entry on CJEU Judgment in Schrems

Read the blog entry in the Verfassungsblog by Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner dealing with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Schrems case, entitled "The Sinking of the Safe Harbor".

 

24 September 2015

Blog entry on CJEU Advocate General Opinion in Schrems

Read the blog entry in the blog of the Cambridge Journal of International and Compatative law by Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner dealing with the opinion of Advocate General Yves Bot in the Schrems case of the Court of Justice of the EU, entitled "Safe Harbor in stormy seas: The Advocate General Opinion in Schrems".

 

31 August 2015

Blog entry on data protection and international humanitarian action

Read the blog entry in EJIL: Talk! by Alexander Beck of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner's entitled "Data Protection in International Organizations and the New UNHCR Data Protection Policy: Light at the End of the Tunnel?"

 

31 July 2015

Christopher Kuner lectures in the summer session of the Hague Academy of International Law

Between 24-31 July, Christopher Kuner, co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, taught a special course in the private international law section of the summer session of the Hague Academy of International Law. The course was entitled "Data Protection Law and International Commercial Arbitration", and was presented together with Daniel Cooper. Located next to the Peace Palace in The Hague which houses the International Court of Justice, since their beginning in 1923 the summer courses of the Hague Academy have become one of the most important series of lectures on private and public international law. The text of Prof. Kuner's course will be published in the Collected Courses of the Academy.

 

8 July 2015

Hub holds first meeting of data protection law reading group with EU institutions

On Wednesday 8 July the Hub held the first meeting of its Data Protection Law Reading Group that will meet on a regular basis to discuss recent judgments from the EU Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The meeting was held at the office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), which kindly offered to host it. This initiative brings together a small group of Brussels-based experts from the EU institutions, academia, and data protection authorities to discuss legal developments in data protection on an informal basis. The group will focus on legal issues under EU law and European human rights law, and not deal with political issues.

 

29 June 2015

Hub organizes first workshop on data protection and humanitarian action

On Monday 29 June the Brussels Privacy Hub organized the first in a series of workshops on data protection and humanitarian action. The workshop examined the interaction between data protection law and the work of international humanitarian organizations. Attendees included individuals from EU institutions, international humanitarian organizations, data protection authorities, the private sector, NGOs, and academia. The discussion covered issues such as determining the legal basis for processing personal data in the context of humanitarian action; the use of consent; and transferring data across national borders. It concluded with a discussion of new data protection challenges for humanitarian action, such as the use of mobile phones to deliver monetary assistance; the use of drones in humanitarian action; biometrics; the impact of cloud solutions for data collection; data analytics; and the use of open source data. The agenda for the workshop is available here.

 

26 June 2015

Christopher Kuner awarded medal by Japanese government

Christopher Kuner, co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, has been awarded the "Best Consumer Supporter" award and medal by the Consumer Affairs Agency of the government of Japan. The award is given for services to Japanese consumers, and Mr. Kuner was chosen because of his expertise in data protection law and his promotion of EU data protection law in Japan. On June 26, the Japanese Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Keiichi Katakami, hosted a dinner for Mr. Kuner and presented a medal to him in recognition of the award. Further Information can be found at http://www.vub.ac.be/en/nieuws/2015/07/03/prof-christopher-kuner-receives-japanese-award-contributions-consumer-protection and https://privacyassociation.org/news/a/privacy-pro-named-japans-best-consumer-supporter/.

 

23 June 2015

Brussels Privacy Hub presents report to OECD Working Party

On Tuesday 23 June Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner presented a report he prepared for the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) entitled "The governance of global data flows--current trends and future challeneges" to a meeting of the group in Paris.

 

13 April 2015

Analysis of Schrems CJEU case and Safe Harbor

Read Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner's analysis of the current Schrems case before the CJEU on the blog of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, entitled "Safe Harbor before the EU Court of Justice"

 

March 2015

Evidence to UK House of Lords on Civilian Use of Drones in EU

Prof. Paul de Hert and Laura Jacques have submitted written and oral evidence to UK House of Lords EU Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment Sub-Committee. The report 'Civilian Use of Drones in the EU' was published on 5 March 2015.

 

March 28 2015

Christopher Kuner publishes paper on CJEU Google Spain judgment in LSE Working Paper Series

Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner has published a paper entitled "The Court of Justice of the EU Judgment on Data Protection and Internet Search Engines", dealing with the judgment of the EU Court of Justice in the Google Spain case, in the Law, Society and Economy Working Paper Series of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The paper is available at the above link. A revised version will be published in 2015 in Studies of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law.

 

March 25 2015

Christopher Kuner gives speech at Columbia University Law School in New York

Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner gave a speech on 25 March at Columbia University Law School in New York City, dealing with the CJEU's judgment in the Google Spain case. More information is available at the above link.

 

March 23-24 2015

Christopher Kuner and Hielke Hijmans attend Privacy Bridges meeting in New York

On March 23-24 Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner and advisory board member and LSTS Visiting Researcher Hielke Hijmans attended a meeting in New York of the Privacy Bridges project, of which both are members. The project, which was convened at the suggestion of Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority and former chair of the Article 29 Working Party, is comprised of independent legal and technical experts in the field of privacy and data protection from both the EU and the US, and will prepare a report outlining a menu of practical steps that can be taken to bring the EU and the US closer together with regard to the protection of privacy, without suggesting changes to either side's legal framework. The report will be presented at the 2015 International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners, which the Dutch Data Protection Authority will host in Amsterdam on 28-29 October 2015.

 

March 13 2015

Article on data localization/data nationalism published

Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner's article "Data nationalism and its discontents" has just been published in the Emory Law Journal Online (see link above).

 

March 12 2015

Hielke Hijmans gives speech on data retention and mass surveillance in London

Brussels Privacy Hub advisory board member and LSTS Visiting Researcher Hielke Hijmans gave a speech entitled "The Consequences of the Data Retention Judgment for Mass Surveillance" at a workshop at Queen Mary University of London on 12 March.

 

March 4 2015

Blog entry on new EDPS strategy

Read Brussels Privacy Hub co-director Christopher Kuner's blog entry for IAPP Privacy Perspectives on "A new era begins at the EDPS"

 

February 2015

New powers for missing persons investigations: Paul de Hert appointed chair of Dutch Scientific Research

Paul de Hert was appointed chair of a Dutch scientific research on New Powers for Missing Persons Investigations. The research has shown that more powers are desirable to ebable the police to act adequately in urgent missing persons cases. From the point of view of the proportionality of new legislation and regulations, better statistical evidence is particularly desirable. The research group consisted of Ger Homburg, Ad Schreijenberg and Janneke Stouten.

 

January 2015

CPDP Conferences

The Hub will host a reception at this leading data protection and privacy conference in Brussels.

 

January 2015

New study: The implementation of the European Information Exchange Model (EXIM) for strengthening law enforcement cooperation

Paul de Hert has co-authored a study published by the Euroean Commission, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs on the implementation of the European Information Exchange Model (EXIM) for strengthening law enforcement cooperation. Read the full report.

 

January 2015

New study: Privacy, data protection and ethical risks in civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft System operations

Paul de Hert has co-authored a study published by the Euroean Commission on privacy, data protection and ethical risks in civil remotely piloted air. Read the full report.

 

November 2014

Working Papers

We've published our first Working Paper in what we hope will become a series to look forward too. The Brussels Privacy Hub Working Papers are intended to circulate research in progress for comment and discussion. The Working Papers focus... read more

 

October 2014

Workshop

On Tuesday 28 October 2014, the Brussels Privacy Hub held a workshop on the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation. It was devoted to... read more.

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20 December 2017

 

2nd edition of the Meet the Author Series highly successful

 

On 18 December 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub held the second event in its Meet the Author Series of Lunchtime debates titled “The relationship between EU consumer law and data protection”. The well-received format gives authors of recent books and articles on privacy related issues an opportunity to present their book or article before a critical audience. For this edition, Dr Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (University of Amsterdam) and Agustin Reyna (BEUC) presented their article for the Common Law Review co-authored with Prof Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam) named “The perfect match? A closer look at the relationship between EU consumer law and data protection”. The presentation was followed by critical interventions of Christian D’Cunha (European Data Protection Supervisor), Prof. Gloria González (Brussels Privacy Hub, LSTS, VUB) and Hielke Hijmans (Brussels Privacy Hub), who also moderated the lively debate afterwards with the audience. A summary of the event will follow soon. Since the public debate should be inspiring for authors, readers and also for a wider public, we also fully recorded the session. The video can be found here.

 

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