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February 2017  Hub 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 program of the workshop is available here.

February 2017  BPH Workshop Summaries now available: catch up on key findings

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, so if you missed out on one of these workshops, then you can catch up on numerous topics discussed so far including: the territorial scope of the GDPR, the European Data Protection Board, the right to freedom of expression and personal data, privacy impact assessmentthe ePrivacy Directive, scientific research and data protection and current trends and practices in biobanking. The next workshop, due to be held on 21 March 2017 will address data protection issues arising from the use of smart grids in the energy sector. For more information, please visit the BPH website or contact us at 


February 2017  BPH welcomes visiting PhD student: Francesca Di Matteo (University of Teramo)

During February 2017, Francesca Di Matteo (former Summer School participant) will be visiting the Brussels Privacy Hub. Whilst in Brussels, Francesca will be working on her doctoral thesis focusing on privacy and data protection in the digital era, surveillance, EU law, human rights, public international law. On Monday 20 February 2017, Francesca will be presenting her research to VUB colleagues entitled: "The right to privacy in the age of electronic surveillance: reconsidering the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties."

February 2017  CPDP 2017 Launch event "Patterns, Profiling and PNR: The new PNR Directive and its implications" video now available 

If you missed the CPDP 2017 Launch event "Patterns, Profiling and PNR: The new PNR Directive and its implications" you can watch the video now on the CPDP 2017 Youtube channel. 

February 2017  Hub Co-Director publishes new article: the internet and the global reach of EU law

Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner has published a new article on SSRN entitled "The internet and the global reach of EU law". The article is based on the lectures given by Prof. Kuner at the Summer Course on European Union Law at the Academy of European Law held in July 2016 at the European University Institute, Florence. It is an advanced draft of a chapter that will be published by Oxford University Press in the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law.

For previous BPH news, please see the News Archive.


Upcoming Events

21 March 2017• GDPR Workshop series: Data protection and the energy sector: the example of smart grids, Brussels, Belgium More information

2-5 May 2017• Four day DPO Training, Brussels, Belgium More information

5 May 2017 • Lunchtime Lecture - Data Ownership: A data protection perspective, Prof. Dr. Gloria. Gonzàlez Fuster, Brussels, 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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Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

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