On 6 May 2014, the second workshop on “Challenges and barriers for cooperation and coordination between DPAs” took place as a side event to the 55th meeting of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), the so-called Berlin group (5-6 May 2014, Skopje). Members of the PHAEDRA consortium presented the results of the project so far, and representatives of Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) gave short presentations. The agenda is available here. A news video is available here.
On 9 May 2014, the PHAEDRA project published part 2 of the second deliverable, titled “Legal reflections for further improving cooperation between data protection authorities”. The report reflects on the instruments for cooperation between DPAs, the independence of DPAs and other possible elements that could improve current practices of cooperation between DPAs. It also provides lessons from legal areas other than data protection. The report was produced by Professor Dr. Paul De Hert and Gertjan Boulet, researchers from VUB-LSTS. The full report is available here.
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‘Corporate transparency is crucial, but it must also become more meaningful‘ is the title of a contribution by LSTS members Paul De Hert and Dariusz Kloza to the blog of The Privacy Surgeon, where they outline the growing trend to transparency and argue why such information must move from being merely “available” to being “meaningful”. Check it here.
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Following last year’s revelations, Edward Snowden seems to be trapped in a role ironically reminiscent of another famous character – George Orwell’s Big Brother. Read the full text on ‘Edward Snowden: the last Big Brother?‘, by Gloria González Fuster and Rocco Bellanova, at Opendemocracy.net’s ‘Joining the dots on state surveillance in Europe‘ series.
The book ‘The Emergence of Personal Data Protection as a Fundamental Right of the EU‘, by LSTS researcher Gloria González Fuster, has been published by Springer. The work explores the coming into being in European Union (EU) law of the fundamental right to personal data protection. Approaching legal evolution through the lens of law as text, it unearths the steps that led to the emergence of this new right, throwing light on the right’s significance, and revealing the intricacies of its relationship with privacy. More information at Springer.
Dr Mark Flear, lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast visited LSTS during the week 21-25 April 2014. His main research interests are in public health and new health technologies with a focus on their biopolitics. His first book (the pioneering Flear and others, ‘European Law and New Health Technologies’) was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Mark is currently completing a monograph, ‘Governing Public Health: EU Law, Regulation and its Biopolitics‘, to be published by Hart Publishing in 2015. In 2013 Mark was appointed to the Northern Ireland DNA Database Governance Board. Further details can be found at his personal site. Mark can be contacted by e-mail and via Twitter (@MarkFlear).
On 24 April 2014 he gave a presentation titled ‘Neoliberal Biomedical Knowledge Production: Clinical Trials and the Vulnerable Subjects of EU Law‘.
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On 6 May 2014 Rocco Bellanova will publicly defend his thesis ‘The Politics of Data Protection: What does Data Protection do? A Study of the Interactions between Data Protection and Passenger Name Records Dispositifs‘, in view of simultaneously becoming Doctor in Political and Social Sciences by the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, and Doctor in Law by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. More information can be found here (pdf).