A new vacancy has opened in the LSTS research community. For more information, visit the vacancy page.

On 13 October 2016, LSTS organizes the FWO Interdisciplinary Seminar ‘ANYWARE’: Privacy and Location Data in the Era of Machine Learning. For information and registration, visit our blog.

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.

Paul de Hert and David Wright have co-edited a new book, Enforcing Privacy. It 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.

The Brussels Privacy Hub 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School: Getting to the Grips with the GDPR: the programme highlights a summer school faculty of top data protection law professionals, experts in their field. Register now for 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.

Professor Gloria Gonzàlez-Fuster, BPH Summer School Programme Coordinator and LSTS Research Professor, has published an article 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!

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.

LSTS Visting Researcher, Dr Vinícius Borges Fortes has contributed to the Brussels Privcacy 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.

The 9th edition of the international conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2016, which took place last week, was a great success! We would like to thank everyone who came and contributed. CPDP2017 will take place 25-26-27 January 2017 in Brussels, so save the date and go to the call for panels.

Prof. Paul De Hert has been accepted as a member of the jury of Rob Van den Hoven van Genderen. It is titled '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'.

On 1 February 2016, Prof. Paul De Hert presented 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 KULeuven Centre for IT and IP Law.

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.

Co-directors Prof. Paul De Hert and Prof. Serge Gutwirth have, in cooperation with R. Leenes, published 'Data Protection on the Move: Current Developments in ICT and Privacy Data Protection'. For more information, please visit the Springer website.

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. For more information, please visit the Brussels privacy HUB website.

LSTS full professor Mireille Hildebrandt is moving her books in.

LSTS Researcher Irene Kamara won the best paper award at the ITU Kaleidoscope Conference 2015.

LSTS offers a vacancy in the area of health, technology and law. Applications should be sent before February 2016. For more information, go to Vacancies.

Digital rights advocates and members of NGOs and civil rights groups are invited to join the 2016 Privacy Camp, set to take place on 26 January 2016 in Brussels. Organized by LSTS in partnership with EDRi, USL-B and Privacy Salon, the full-day event will feature sessions on a wide variety of topics, such as trade agreements and digital rights, lobbying and policy influencing, new surveillance laws in the works, privacy by design, litigation activism and Safe Harbor. For more information please visit the Privacy Camp website or our events page. To register, please contact Imge Ozcan.

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The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) was created in 2003 as an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With more than 30 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation.

LSTS at a glance

LSTS began in 2003 with four researchers, based on former work in the area of data protection law and computer crime carried out in the faculty under the leadership of Prof. Bart De Schutter. It currently has over 30 staff, including over 20 academic staff.
LSTS has become one of the leading European IT law research centers, and has retained a global focus. We have awarded numerous PhD degrees, and taken part in many European research projects. It is the most active publishing group within the Faculty of Law and Criminology at VUB in terms of books, reports, articles, and book chapters that have been published with prestigious publishers and journals.

The team is led, both administratively and academically, by Profs. Serge Gutwirth and Paul De Hert. The staff comprises several postdoc researchers, PhD researchers, associated researchers and 11 affiliated professors (core professors are: Serge Gutwirth, Paul De Hert, Mireille Hildebrandt, Christopher Kuner, Fabienne Brison and Gloria González Fuster). Research staff at LSTS have backgrounds in a number of areas, including law, ethics, philosophy, political science, sociology, chemistry, criminology, and others. Great emphasis is placed on incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective in all our work.

Major research areas

At LSTS we have five major research areas:
a) Privacy and data protection, which is an area where the work done by LSTS researchers is highly influential. LSTS researchers also operate the Brussels Privacy Hub (www.brusselsprivacyhub.org), an internationally-focused privacy research centre and the Privacy Salon, an NGO aiming at public awareness of privacy and other social and ethical consequences of new technologies;
b) The impact of technologies and surveillance on fundamental rights in the Information Society;
c) E-Health (including e-Aging) and human body related questions raised by technology;
d) Intellectual property rights as they relate to the use of ICTs;
e) The changing nature of law (digital legal theory) and the role of law in relation to science, technology and politics. The focus of LSTS on legal theory and philosophy and the proper role of law in relation to other sciences and disciplines is one of the things that makes it unique.

Within these five areas, our expertise covers a wide range of topics related to developments in information and communication technologies, such as surveillance, e-commerce, e-health, regulation of ICT, biotechnology, identity management, e-signatures, biometrics, cybercrime, security, international and comparative law, international humanitarianism, intellectual property rights, citizenship, risk analysis and management, precautionary politics and governance, globalization, and Europeanization, among others.
Additionally, LSTS is leading the establishment of Food Forum at VUB, promoting multidisciplinary approaches to food law.

A global perspective

LSTS is a widely and intensely networked organization.
We lead and perform EU projects as part of consortia with many other European universities and research centres. We also cooperate actively with many leading universities outside Europe.
Our researchers are also active in international organizations such as the UN, OECD, international humanitarian organizations, and others.

We recruit internationally, with most of our researchers being non-Belgians, and our main working language is English. However, we also publish quite a bit in other languages, including Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish, among others.

CPDP Conferences

LSTS is the main organizer of the yearly Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference, which puts LSTS at the very heart of the world data protection and privacy community. This event, with Paul De Hert as a lead organizer, brings together all the influential voices in the field (academics, practitioners, policy-makers and civil society) and has become an influential platform for dissemination by researchers and PhD students. The conference regularly attracts to Brussels over 1,000 attendees from around the world. It has resulted in the publication of several books putting forward multidisciplinary perspectives on privacy and personal data protection.

Recent books & publications

Azzopardi Roberta Vella, Vermeiren Sofie, Gorus Ellen, Habbig Ann-Katrin, Petrovic Mirko, Van Den Noortgate Nele, De Vriendt Patricia, Bautmans Ivan, Beyer Ingo, Gerontopole Brussels Study Group (2016) Linking Frailty Instruments to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. ▸ Abstract

Boulet Gertjan (2016) The legal situation in Belgium on Internet Commerce and Pharmaceutical Crime. University of Osnabruck. ▸ Abstract

Boulet Gertjan, De Hert Paul (2016) The co-existence of administrative and criminal law approaches to data protection wrongs. In: Enforcing Privacy.. Springer International Publishing. ▸ Abstract

▸ Download from http://www.springer.com/kr/book/9783319250458

Boulet Gertjan, Kim Hyoung-Joong (2016) Fintech, Privacy and Data Protection: Perspectives from EU and International Law. In: 1st International Conference on Fintech, Innovation, and Sustainability. ▸ Abstract

Broeders Dennis, Van Brakel Rosamunde Elise, Hirsch-Ballin Ernst, de Hoog Josta, Schrijvers Erik, van der Sloot Bart (2016) Big Data in een vrije en veilige samenleving. Amsterdam University Press. ▸ Abstract

▸ Download http://www.wrr.nl/fileadmin/nl…ije_en_veilige_samenleving.pdf

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