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21 March 2017 • GDPR Workshop Series: Data protection and the energy sector: the example of smart grids 
 
The workshop, in co-operation with the Sparks Project at the Energie Institute, Linz, is aimed at increasing sensibility of data protection in the energy sector and to raise awareness. The example of smart grids, collecting sensitive information of individuals will play a central role in the workshop. Experts in the areas of energy and data protection will present their views, followed by an interactive discussion.  

A re-organisation of the energy market is on the way and related challenges are not quite clear yet. Who will be a service provider in the future market, who will collect data in the energy sector? What are the main challenges? 

How can the objective of more efficient energy use by individuals - sometimes enabled by big data analysis - be balanced with the need for privacy?

The programme is now available. 
 
The workshop will be held from 12:00 - 14:00 at the Institute of European Studies (Lower Ground Floor Institute for European Studies, VUB, Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussel).

Lunch will be included. 

The event is free to attend but capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org

6 February 2017 • GDPR Workshop Series: Current trends and practices in biobanking in the light of European and national data protection requirements
 
The workshop, in co-operation with the law firm Covington & Burling  discussed the state of biobanking in the EU. A focus was placed on the limitations posed by European and national data protection law and the effects that the GDPR may (or may not) have.
 
The programme is now available.
 
The workshop was held from 12:15 - 14:30 at the Institute of European Studies (Lisbon Conference Room, Lower Ground Floor Institute for European Studies, VUB, 5 Pleinlaan, 1050, Brussel).

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

 
The Brussels Privacy Hub and Privacy Salon hosted the 2017 Edition of CPDP Launch Event: Patterns, profiling and PNR: The new PNR directive and its implications”
 

On 21 April 2016, the EU adopted a Directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime. The Directive aims to regulate the transfer and processing of international air passengers' PNR data by Member States. 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. In addition also the impact of recent developments in the United States on the transfer of PNR data across the Atlantic will be discussed. Finally the debate will also address the consequences for the directive of the recent ECJ judgments in the Tele2 /Watson cases. 

We are delighted to welcome distinguished speakers to the debate: 

  • Ms Sophie in t Veld (MEP)
  • Mr Marc Rotenberg (EPIC, US)
  • Ms Christiane Höhn (Council of the European Union) 
  • Mr Willem De Beuckelaere (Belgian Privacy Commissioner) - Moderator.

The panel discussion was followed by a Q&A session, giving participants an opportunity to engage with discussants. 

Date: 24 January 2017

Venue: Grande Salle, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, Rue de la Loi 61–63, 1000 Brussels

Time: 18:00 Keynote panel discussion followed by Q&A, 19:30 Drinks reception

Registration: Registration is now closed as the event is now fully booked.

The event was supported by Privacy Camp and kindly hosted by the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU.

The video of the event is now available.

9 December 2016 • GDPR Workshop Series: Scientific Research and Data Protection

The BPH Workshop Seires on the Implementation of the GDPR will deal with various aspects of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how they will work in practice. With political agreement on the legislative text having been reached, there is a need to focus on the practical aspects of how the concepts and obligations it contains can actually be implemented in practice. The workshops will bring together academics, officials of EU institutions, data protection authorities, and NGOs.

What are the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for scientific research? This informal workshop will offer an opportunity to discuss the framing of ‘data processing for scientific research purposes’ in the GDPR, as well the many questions and challenges it triggers.

This workshop aims to encourage an open discussion on the issue at stake, relying on the active participation of the audience. As such, participants will be invited to consider questions such as:

  • What are the key changes brought by the GDPR to the processing of personal data for scientific research purposes?
  • What does it mean to interpret data processing for scientific research purposes ‘in a broad manner’, as hinted by Recital 159 of the GDPR?
  • Who ensures scientific research is carried out ‘in keeping with recognised ethical standards for scientific research’, echoing the GDPR’s Recital 33? And how?

The workshop will be held from 12:30 - 14:30 at the Institute of European Studies (Lisbon Conference Room, Lower Ground Floor Institute for European Studies, VUB, 5 Pleinlaan, 1050, Brussel).

Lunch will be included. 

Capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=GDPR%20Workshop%20-%20Implications%20of%20research

 
8 November 2016  • Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization 

The 2016 Brussels Privacy Symposium is the first annual academic programme jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). The all-day workshop is titled: Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization

Selected authors from multiple disciplines including law, computer science, statistics, engineering, social science, ethics and business will present papers at this full-day program in Brussels on November 8, 2016.

More information. The full programme is now available.

27 October 2016 • GDPR Workshop Series: What is to be done with the ePrivacy Directive?

Although not directly related to the GDPR, the review of the ePrivacy Directive, that is currently under way, broadly falls within its circle of influence: not only did the release of the GDPR ignite the amendment process itself, but the interrelationship between the GDPR provisions and these of the forthcoming Directive will be an issue of the utmost interest, given the long history of exchanges among these two data protection instruments. The recent public consultation results, as made available by the Commission, are the latest development in a process that started as early as 2015 and to which both the EDPS and the Article 29 Working Party have intervened, through release of relevant opinions.

The workshop will discuss such issues with regard to the ePrivacy Directive review as its scope, consent, confidentiality of communications, cookies, traffic and location data, as well as its ‘commonalities’ with the GDPR (ie. enforcement in cross-border cases or data breach notifications).

Programme is now available. 

The workshop will be held from 12:30 - 14:30 at the Institute of European Studies. Lunch will be included.

Capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org
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 4 October 2016 • GDPR Workshop Series: The GDPR and privacy impact assessments 

The BPH Workshops Series on the Implementation of the GDPR, will deal with various aspects of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how they will work in practice. With political agreement on the legislative text having been reached, there is a need to focus on the practical aspects of how the concepts and obligations it contains can actually be implemented in practice. The workshops will bring together academics, officials of EU institutions, data protection authorities, and NGOs.

This workshop will consider the implementation of the GDPR and privacy impact assessments. The progamme is available.

The workshop will be held from 12:30 - 14:30 at the Institute of European Studies. Lunch will be included. 

Capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=GDPR%20Workshop%204%20-%20Privacy%20impact%20assessment

28-29 September 2016 • Data protection in humanitarian action: Workshop 5 - Cloud Services and Workshop 6 - Bulk SMS and Mobile Messaging

As part of the Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project, in collaboration with the ICRC, the BPH will be hosting two more full-day workshops that consider the data protection implications on the use of cloud services and bulk SMS and mobile messaging in humanitarian action. The workshops will be held in Brussels, Belgium. For more information on the workshops, please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=ICRC%20Workshops%20-%2028%20%26%2029%20September%202016
 

4-8 July 2016  • Brussels Privacy Hub 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School 

The Brussels Privacy Hub is organising the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School, an innovative course on privacy and personal data protection law in the heart of Europe. The programme will explore privacy legal and institutional challenges in the European Union, and provide participants with in-depth examination of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other EU data protection instruments - as well as global and, more specifically, transatlantic issues. With a clear multi-stakeholder dimension, it will introduce them to the multiple professional perspectives, human rights requirements and social aspects of EU-level privacy and data protection policy.

The course, will promote networking and provide participants with the opportunity to engage with the principal EU data protection institutions and actors. Teaching staff will consist of leading academics in European data protection law, public and private legal practitioners and policy makers from European institutions such as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

For more information please visit the Summer School webpage.

 6 July 2016  • EU-Korea Data Protection Seminar 

The EU-Korea Data Protection Seminar was co-hosted by Brussels Privacy Hub and 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. The seminar was followed by a drinks reception.

A recording of the Seminar is now available. 

Time: 16.30- 18.45 (including drinks reception)

Venue: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000, Brussels, Belgium 

Registration: Participation is free, but registration is required. Please register by contacting info@brusselsprivacyhub.org

The seminar was co-hosted by SNU Center for Law and Economics, and was supported by Samsung and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union.

7 July 2016  • New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective 

The Brussels Privacy Hub will be hosting New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective - the GDPR and the Police Directive explained a multi-lingual, multi-sector conference that seeks to provide better understanding of the implications of upcoming EU rules on legal professionals working with Belgian public authorities and companies. More information/ registrationProgramme.

Le Brussels Privacy Hub organise la conférence New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective - the GDPR and the Police Directive explained, un événement multilingue et multisectoriel visant à fournir une meilleure compréhension des implications de la nouvelles règles européennes pour les professionnels du droit qui travaillent avec les autorités publiques et les entreprises belges. Plus d'information/ insrciptionProgramme.

De Brussels Privacy Hub zal organiseren New European Data Protection Laws: The Belgian Perspective - the GDPR and the Police Directive explained een multi-lingual, multi-sector conferentie die streeft naar een beter begrip van de gevolgen van de komende EU-regels voor juridische professionals die werken met de Belgische overheid en bedrijven bieden. Meer informatie/registratie.  Programme.

16 June 2016 • GDPR Workshop SeriesFreedom of Expression and Data protection in the GDPR 

The BPH Workshops Series on the Implementation of the GDPR, will deal with various aspects of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how they will work in practice. As the GDPR has now been adopted, there is a need to urgently focus on the practical aspects of how the concepts and obligations it contains can actually be implemented in practice. The workshops will bring together academics, officials of EU institutions, data protection authorities, and NGOs.

This workshop will consider the implementation of the GDPR and freedom of expression. 

The workshop will be held from 12:30 - 14:30 at the Institute of European Studies. Lunch will be included. 

Capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=GDPR%20Workshop%203

13 & 14 June 2016  • Data protection in humanitarian action: workshop 3 - Biometrics and Workshop 4 - Mobile Cash

As part of the Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project, in collaboraiton with the ICRC, the BPH will be hosting two more full-day workshops that consider the data protection implications on the use of biometrics and mobile cash in humanitarian action. The workshops will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information on the workshops, please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=ICRC%20Workshops%20-%2013%20%26%2014%20June%202016
 

18 May 2016 • GDPR Workshop Series: The GDPR and the European Data Protection Board

The BPH Workshops Series on the Implementation of the GDPR, will deal with various aspects of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how they will work in practice. With political agreement on the legislative text having been reached, there is a need to focus on the practical aspects of how the concepts and obligations it contains can actually be implemented in practice. The workshops will bring together academics, officials of EU institutions, data protection authorities, and NGOs.

This workshop will consider the implementation of the GDPR and the role of the European data protection board. 

The workshop will be held from 12:30 - 16:30 at the Institute of European Studies. Lunch will be included. 

Capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=GDPR%20Workshop%203

9 May 2016  EU-Japan Data Protection Workshop 

Dr Hiroshi MiyashitaBrussels Privacy Hub Visiting Scholar and Professor Christopher Kuner will be hosting a workshop that considers data protection in the EU and Japan. The workshop will consider two main topics i) the EU Data Protection Regulation and the impact on Japanese business and ii) the enforcement of the GDPR and the role of DPA's. Dr Miyashita and Professor Kuner will be joined by Takeshige Sugimoto, Senior Associate at WilmerHale who will discuss the impact of the GDPR on business. 

Time: 15.00 - 18.00 (including networking reception)

Venue: Institute of European Studies, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels, Belgium 

Registration: Due to limited capacity please register at 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivacyhub.org?subject=EU-Japan%20workshop%20Registration

4 May 2016  Hub Visiting Scholar Seminar with Dr Hiroshi Miyashita: Comparative Analysis on the Right to be Forgotten & The Emerging Challenges on the Genetic Data in Japan

Dr Hiroshi Miyashita will be visiting the BPH from April - May 2016. As part of his visit, he will present his current research to fellow VUB Colleagues. Dr Miyashita will present two aspects of his current research: 

  • Comparative Analysis on the Right to be Forgotten
  • The Emerging Challenges on the Genetic Data in Japan

For more information about the BPH Visiting Scholars programme, please contact 

info(_AT_)brusselsprivachub.org?subject=Visiting%20scholar%20-%20seminar%20-%204%20May%202016

 

18 March 2016  BPH Hosts a Data Protection Law Reading Group on the Privacy Shield 

The BPH will be hosting a Data Protection Law Reading Group for bringing together a small group of Brussels-based experts from EU institutions, academia, and data protection authorities. The discussion will focus upon the Privacy Shield and to discuss relevant data protection legal developments. The Reading Group will be held at the offices of the European Data Protection Supervisor. 

8 March 2016   GDPR Workshop Series: The Territorial Scope of the GDPR

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

16 & 17 February 2016  Data protection in humanitarian action: Workshop 1 - Data analytics and Workshop 2 - Drones/UAVs 

As part of the Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project, in collaboraiton with the ICRC, the BPH hosted hosting two full-day workshops that considered the data protection implications of data analytics and the use of Drones and UAVs in humanitarian action.  

26 January 2016  Hub hosts pre-CPDP launch event “Privacy in 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

We are delighted to welcome special guest speakers:

  • Peter Swire, Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business and a member of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology;
  • Max Schrems, PhD student, privacy activist, and the successful plaintiff in the recent EU Court of Justice judgment Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner;
  • Annie Machon writer, media commentator and political campaigner. 

The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Paul de Hert, Brussels Privacy Hub Co-director, and will include a Q&A session, giving participants an opportunity to engage with prominent figures in the data protection and privacy communities. 

Date and Time: 26 January 2016, 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Grande Salle, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, Rue de la Loi 61–63/Wetstraat 61–63 1040 Bruxelles/Brussel

Time: 18:00 drinks reception, 18:30 Keynote panel discussion followed by Q&A

The event is now fully booked.

The event is supported by the Privacy Camp.

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. Participation is by invitation only.

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.

21-23 January 2015 • Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 2015: Data Protection on the Move 

CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world. The panels will focus on key issues that cover all current debates:

  • Data Protection Reform: European and Global Developments,
  • Mobility (mobile technologies, wearable technologies, border surveillance),
  • EU-US developments concerning the regulation of government surveillance,
  • Health, privacy and data protection,
  • Love and lust in the digital age,
  • Internet governance and privacy.

CPDP will offer valuable contributions from the leading names in the field, including key representatives from all the major European institutions- the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Data Protection Supervisor, the Council of Europe,...

In addition to the well-known classic Pecha Kucha side event, there will be several public debates held in the evenings – both in Dutch and English. CDP2015 will continue to pay particular attention to high-level and innovative research from PhD Students and outstanding junior researchers by organizing sessions completely devoted to their work. CPDP2014 will also remain home to several award ceremonies.

Whether you are involved in the Conference as a sponsor, supporter, partner, participant or visitor of one of our many side events, CPDP2015 welcomes you to join the event and contribute to the debate on emerging privacy and data protection issues.

For more information and registration: cpdpconferences.org Follow CPDP on Facebook (CPDPconferencesBrussels) and Twitter (@ cpdpconferences).

Contact: 

info(_AT_)cpdpconferences.org

 
28 October 2014  Workshop on EU Data Protection Reform
 
On Tuesday 28 October 2014, the Brussels Privacy Hub held a workshop on the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation. It was devoted to presentations of papers by leading European legal academics The full papers have been published in a special issue of the law journal International Data Privacy Law, and are available here. The programme for the event is available hereThe slides of those speakers who used them are also available by clicking on their names below: 

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