Law, Science, Technology & Society News

2nd edition of the Brussels Privacy Symposium

The Brussels Privacy Hub and the Future of Privacy Forum held the 2nd Annual Brussels Privacy Symposium on 6 November 2017 on the topic “AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge”. With three keynote speeches and four panels the symposium provided an excellent overview of the ethical and legal issues connected to algorithms and artificial intelligence. The speakers were among the best in their respective fields and offered insights into fields from computer engineering to airport security. The event, which had been booked out for weeks, was attended by over 100 participants, who actively participated in the discussions in the panels. The papers of the Symposium will be published by IEEE Security & Privacy. More information and material on the event can be found here .

Hub collaborating with DPIA-lab organised debate on ethics

On 26 October 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub in cooperation with DPIA-Lab organised a debate named “Data protection and ethics. Does more ethics imply more duties for controllers?” with Professor J. Peter Burgess, Dariuz Kloza and Wojciech R Wiewiórowski debating on the role of ethics in data protection. A summary of the debate will be published soon.

Hub hosted Lunchtime Workshop on genetic data research with Professor Paul Quinn and genetic researcher Liam Quinn

On 5 October, the Brussels Privacy Hub organised a Lunchtime debate titled “The Implications of the GDPR for Research Involving Genetic Data”, where Professor Paul Quinn and genetic researcher Liam Quinn introduced the audience to both the legal and the scientific aspects of genetic data research. A summary of the workshop can be found here .

Hub and Max Planck Institute Luxembourg hold joint conference on jurisdiction, conflicts of law, and data protection on the Internet

On 12 October, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law held a joint conference entitled “Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law and Data Protection in Cyberspace” at the Institute’s headquarters in Luxembourg. The program of the conference included presentations by academics and experts from around the world, including Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe of the Court of Justice of the EU. There were nearly 100 people in attendance. The entire conference was filmed, and the video of it will be posted here shortly. A short written summary of the conference will also be posted.

Les données numériques des migrants et des réfugiés

Lina Jasmontaite will present the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action at the workshop (programme) on Digital data, migrants and refugees, organized by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Rennes University. During her contribution Lina will address some of the issues concerning the use of mobile devices and, in particular, mobile messaging apps by refugees and migrants.

Hub Co-Director Christopher Kuner speaks at EU workshop on ePrivacy

On Friday 22 September, Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner spoke at an invitation-only workshop on e-privacy organised for the EU institutions by DG Connect of the European Commission. His presentation was entitled “The relevant rules of the ePrivacy Directive and different implementations”.

Delegation from Chuo University in Tokyo visits the Hub

On 4 September 2017, the BPH welcomed a student delegation from Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan headed by former BPH Visiting Scholar Prof. Hiroshi Miyashita. The students were received on behalf of the Hub by Prof. Christopher Kuner, and a discussion was held about data protection law in the EU and Japan.

Brussels Privacy Hub in Korea

Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner has given speeches at two events in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in August 2017. On 22 August, he spoke on “The Internet and the Global Reach of EU law” at a seminar in the Asia Pacific Law Forum Series held at the Seoul National University School of Law. And on 24 August he spoke in the opening panel of the international conference “Policy Issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Privacy” held at the Korea Press Center.

New Working Paper: Does Technology Drive Law? The Dilemma Of Technological Exceptionalism In Cyberlaw

Prof. Meg Leta-Jones, BPH's most recent Visiting Scholar, is the author of the most recent addition to the BPH Working Paper Series. During her stay in Brussels Prof. Leta-Jones presented her ongoing research both internally and externally. The working paper, Does Technology Drive Law? The Dilemma Of Technological Exceptionalism In Cyberlaw highlights some of these discussions and ongoing research conducted by Prof. Leta-Jones.

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