Monthly Archives: January 2012

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A Privacy Platform meeting on “Computers reading our minds? The benefits and risks of profiling” will take place on Wednesday 25th January 2012, between 13h30 and 15h15 at Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Rue Royale-Sainte-Marie 22, 1030 Brussels. The meeting is organised in collaboration with the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference which will take place on 25th, 26th, 27th January at the same location. Speakers at the Privacy Platform meeting include: Mr Peter Went, CEO at WCC Smart Search and Match, Mr John Boswell, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, SAS, Mr Jörg Polakiewicz, Head of the Human Rights Policy and Development Department, Council of Europe, Mr Ian Neill, Deputy Director e-Borders Home Office, United Kingdom, and Mrs Sarah Ludford, rapporteur of the European Parliament report on the problem of profiling adopted on 3 April 2009, the Privacy Platform will discuss the benefits and risks of profiling.

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A unique Privacy Party will take place on 27th January 2012 at BOZAR, in Brussels, marking the conclusion of this year’s Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference. This event will provide visual attention to the many possibilities, benefits, and risks of security measures and ‘big brother’-issues that may be present and may or may not be evident to the public eye through the visuals of VJ’s Supersymmetry and Orchid Bite. The music will be provided by Seams (LIVE) (DE, Pictures music), Clubroot (UK, Lo Dubs) and Bunzero (BE). More information at BOZAR website.

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The is an event in Brussels on privacy and data protection challenges and possibilities in Europe, launched by European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Law, Science, Technology and Society research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB-LSTS) and the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL).

This event will take place on 24 January 2012, and it is a free-to-attend pre-conference of the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection International Conference (25, 26 and 27 January 2012). Location: Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL), Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels. The event starts at 10:00 and finishes at 17:30. Registration required: More information through EDRi or at the CPDP website.

The Big Brother Awards are aimed at raising awareness on surveillance practices by putting under the spotlight public institutions, private companies, policies or technological innovations perceived as particularly endangering the fundamental rights of individuals, and notably their rights to privacy and personal data protection. For the 2012 edition of the Belgian Big Brother Awards, co-organised by the Ligue des droits de l’Homme, the Liga voor Mensenrechten, the Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the public is invited to vote on line to identify the most threatening candidate (see full list and vote in Dutch or in French). The price will be awarded in Brussels on Thursday 26 January at 8:30 pm, in the context of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference. The celebration will be preceded by a debate on ‘smart meters’, starting at 7 pm. Location: Halles de Schaarbeek, Koninklijke St.-Mariastraat 22b, 1030 Schaarbeek. Registration is optional, through this email:

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Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is a tool, a process, a methodology to identify, assess, mitigate or avoid privacy risks and, in collaboration with stakeholders, to identify solutions. The book “Privacy Impact Assessement”, co-edited by LSTS researches David Wright and Paul de Hert, is the first on the subject, and has just been published by Springer. Contributors include privacy commissioners, academics, consultants, practitioners and industry representatives, and are among the world’s leading PIA experts. They share their experience and offer their insights to the reader in the policy and practice of PIA in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere. More information at Springer website.