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January 2017  New Hub Working Paper: The "Right to be Forgotten" and Search Engine Liability by Professor Hiroshi Miyashita

Following his stay as Visiting Scholar at Brussels Privacy Hub in May 2016, Professor Hiroshi Miyashita has contributed to the Hub's Wokring Paper Series. The "Right to be Forgotten" and Search Engine Liability aims to conduct a comparative study on the right to be forgotten by analyzing the different approaches on the intermediary liability.  

November 2016  Hub Co-Director gives keynote speech at Cyberspace conference in 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.

November 2016  LSTS researcher to present at Belgian Privacy Commission 

On 29 November 2016, Raphaël Gellert, LSTS researcher will present parts of his research on data protection impact asssessments and the risk-based approach to data protection at an internal staff seminar of the Belgian Privacy Commission. 

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 PseudonymizationThe 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. 


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Upcoming Events

24 January 2017• CPDP 2017 Launch Event: Patterns, Profiling and PNR: The new PNR Directive and its implications, Brussels, Belgium More information

6 February 2017• Workshop on the current trends and practices in biobanking in the light of European and national data protection requirementsBrussels, Belgium More information

26-30 June 2017• 2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School: The GDPR is Now, Brussels, Belgium More information



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