Monthly Archives: November 2011

Launching the project on ‘AnyWare You Are? Contextual Privacy and the proliferation of location data‘: 6th December 2011, 12.00-14.00,  at VUB (room 4B302).

Nowadays, using googlemaps on your smartphone or tagging yourself and your friends in different locations on social networking sites is an everyday activity. Sharing information enables us to enjoy all sorts of services but also allows other parties to become more powerful as they collect, save, and sell this information.

Building on Helen Nissenbaum’s concept of contextual privacy this project aims to bring the functionality of the internet, privacy, and security together to ensure that innovation does not trample fundamental rights in the process of taking over the market. Therefore, the joint FWO project on ‘Contextual privacy and the profileration of location data’ joins LSTS lawyers and COSIC computer engineers to conduct research into law and technology design in order to flesh out a sustainable form of contextual integrity in cyberspace.

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If you’re planning to organise a privacy or data protection related event in light of European Privacy and Data Protection Day 2012, we want to invite you to publish your event on the European Privacy and Data Protection Day website: (click “Participate: submit an event”)

If informed timely (before January 3rd, 2012), your events can also be taken up in the European Privacy and Data Protection Day booklet which is distributed at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference 25-27 January 2012 and the EU institutions.

picture by Paul Benc (@flickr)

The 2012 edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference will take place from 25 to 27 January 2012, in Brussels, under the title “European Data Protection: Coming of Age“. The preliminary programme, including information on side-events, has been made available and can be downloaded here (pdf). More information on the CPDP website.

On the 19th of December the EMSOC-project organizes a debate between 19.00 and 21.00 about the use of social media and the right to privacy (in Dutch).

Participants include:

Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Aula QD (ingang 13, gebouw Q).
For more information about the event and registration for the session, please visit the Emsoc website here.

LSTS members Paul de Hert and Mathias Vermeulen wrote an article (in Dutch) in De Juristenkrant of 9 November 2011 about this topic; you can find the article here on p. 11.

The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament has published the study “Towards a New EU Legal Framework for Data Protection and Privacy: Challenges, Principles and the Role of the European Parliament”, which addresses the new challenges stemming from data processing policies and systems falling in the scope of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, and identifies a set of common basic principles and standards for the genuine assurance of data protection in all the phases of EU policymaking and for the effective implementation of this fundamental right. The study has been co-authored by Didier Bigo (Centre d’Etudes sur les Conflits, C&C), Sergio Carrera (Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS), Elspeth Guild (CEPS and Radboud University of Nijmegen), Julien Jeandesboz (C&C) and LSTS members Paul de Hert, Gloria González Fuster and Vagelis Papakonstantinou. Download the study here (pdf).

The collective volume A Threat Against Europe? Security, Migration and Integration, co-edited by Peter Burgess, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Serge Gutwirth, LSTS Chairman, has been published by VUBPress. The book provides theory and empirical case detail on several primary issues such as the forms of insecurity motivatating the movement of migrants to internal and external displacement or to sometimes risky trips to other countries; the becoming insecure of people while they are on the move, and the insecurity of migrants in their destination countries. Table of contents: here (pdf).