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January - March 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: The territorial scope of the GDPRThe European Data Protection BoardThe right to freedom of expression and personal data protectionPrivacy Impact Assessments, The e-Privacy DirectiveScientific research and data protection, and Current trends and practices in biobanking.

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. 

 

October - December 2016

 

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 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. 

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

Following a stay as Visiting Scholar to BPH in May, 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. 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.

 

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.

July 2016 - September 2016

September 2016 • Hub Co-Director speaks at DPA Conference in Lisbon 

On 20 September, Hub Co-Director Dr. Christopher Kuner gave a presentation at a conference on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was organised by the Portuguese DPA and held in the Portuguese Senate in Lisbon. The programme for the conference 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.

 

September 2016 • Christopher Kuner and Mireille Hildebrandt to present at 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Marrakesh, 17-20 October 2016

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner and Professor Mireille Hildebrandt will be presenting at closed panel sessions of the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners held in Marrakesh from 17 to 20 October 2016. Christopher Kuner will be a speaker in the closed session on Encryption and Mireille Hildebrandt will be speaking at a closed session on AI and Robotics

 

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 Perspectivethat 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. 

April 2016 - June 2016

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 Perspectiveone 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 JurisdictionThe 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!

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!

 

January - March 2016

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 GenderenPrivacy 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

 

July 2015 till December 2015

 

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. 

January 2015 till June 2015

 

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. Read more

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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