Law, Science, Technology & Society News

CPDP launch event: Speakers confirmed!

On 23 January 2018, the Brussels Privacy Hub and the Privacy Salon will be hosting an exclusive launch event for the 11th edition of CPDP. This year's launch will be an Evening Roundtable on "Cross-border Data Transfers" starting at 18.00, followed by a cocktail. The excellent debate will focus on “cross-border data transfers” especially in the transatlantic context. For more info and registration, click here.

Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) 2018 is almost near!

As a world-leading multidisciplinary conference, CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. The CPDP Conference 2018 will last from January 24-26, offer 70 different panels totaling over 400 different speakers on various subjects. Check out the preliminary programme here!

LSTS books of the year 2017

Our researchers have contributed to this list, a selection of fiction and non-fiction works that they have deemed to be must-reads. Visit the list here!

2nd edition of the Privacy HUB - Meet the Author Series highly successful!

On 18 December 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub held the second event in its Meet the Author Series of Lunchtime debates titled “The relationship between EU consumer law and data protection”. The video can be found here.

Prof. Christopher Kuner as a Visiting Professor at Chuo University in Tokyo

From mid-November through early December Prof. Christopher Kuner was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Comparative Law at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. During his stay Prof. Kuner gave lectures and participated in various workshops. In particular, he was the keynote speaker at a staff seminar at Chuo Law School entitled “EU General Data Protection Regulation and Artificial Intelligence Society” on 29 November.

PLSC-Europe: Privacy Law Scholars Conference Europe

PLSC-Europe 2018 will be held in Brussels on Saturday 27 January 2018, right after CPDP2018. CPDP – Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference – is an annual gathering of academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry, and civil society from all over the world. Its 11th edition, “The Internet of Bodies”, will take place from Wednesday 24 January to Friday 26 January 2018. PLSC-Europe will follow on Saturday 27 January 2018. For more information, please visit the PLSC webpage.

New project: Support Training Activities on the Data Protection Reform (STAR)

LSTS is proudly announcing a new research project, STAR: Support Training Activities on the data protection Reform, launched in November 2017. This 24-month project, co-funded by the European Union (EU) under its Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme (2014-2020), is coordinated by LSTS and brings together UK’s Trilateral Research Ltd and the Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság (NAIH), the Hungarian Data Protection Authority (DPA). The STAR project will support training activities of EU DPAs and Data Protection Officers (DPOs) on the EU data protection reform, especially on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For more information, visit the STAR webpage

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action at the Council of Europe

On 23 November 2017, the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action of the Brussels Privacy Hub and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will be presented at the 35th Plenary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No.108). This presentation further underlines the importance and relevance of the Handbook for Humanitarian Action and will greatly enhance its visibility.

VUB, with the support of Microsoft, establishes the Chair Fundamental Rights and the Digital Transformation

The VUB, with the support of Microsoft, has established the Chair Fundamental Rights and the Digital Transformation within LSTS. The aim of the Chair is to contribute to a better understanding of the transformation of society due to developments in digital technologies and their deployment in various sectors, and the European regulatory response to these developments. Joris van Hoboken, who is working on the intersection of fundamental rights and the governance of platforms and internet-based services, has been appointed as Chairholder. Paul de Hert acts as the academic supervisor of the Chair. A first PhD student will be appointed soon.

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action to be presented at the annual DG ECHO partners’ conference

DG ECHO (Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) is hosting its partners’ annual conference on 30 November to 1 December. In collaboration with the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, BPH will present the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action to organizations delivering humanitarian aid around the world. A more detailed summary of the conference will follow after the event.

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