PHAEDRA I project (2013-2015): closing time

phaedra1_book_krk_cover_page_smallIt is with great pleasure that we announce that the PHAEDRA I project (Improving Practical and Helpful cooperAtion betweEn Data Protection Authorities, 2013-2015) has produced its final publication, constituting also Deliverable D5.3. The project’s final book, titled ‘Enforcing privacy: lessons from current implementations and perspectives for the future‘ and edited by VUB-LSTS researches Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert and Dariusz Kloza, LLM as well as GIODO‘s Paweł Makowski, was released on 6 October 2015. It is an open access publication to be downloaded here.

This book is composed of selected interventions made at the final conference of the PHAEDRA project, held on 12 December 2014 in Kraków, Poland. These contributions are preceded by invited comments written by the experts in the field. Each of these papers – in one way or another touching upon various aspects of cooperation between supervisory authorities – contributes to the unambiguous conclusion that the efficiency of such cooperation is an essential element of the effective protection of the fundamental rights to privacy and personal data protection‘ – wrote the editors in the Introduction.

With a kind permission of Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France, the book’s cover contains the masterpiece of Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) ‘Phaedra’. This painting was chosen not only due to the project’s acronym, but also to foster the debate about the future of the cooperation of supervisory authorities in the area of data privacy law. Why? The story of Phaedra in Greek mythology might serve as an allegory.

The book contains nine chapters preceded by two opening statements:

  • Opening letter from Edyta Bielak-Jomaa, Inspector General for Personal Data Protection
  • Wojciech R. Wiewiórowski, Foreword: European and international cooperation in enforcing privacy – expectations and solutions for a reinforced cooperation 
  • Paul De Hert, Dariusz Kloza and Paweł Makowski, Introduction 
  • Blair Stewart, On PHAEDRA’s final recommendations: A few “helpful” tips on how “practical” progress can best be made in enforcement cooperation
  • David Wright and Kush Wadhwa, Cooperation and coordination viewed by supervisory authorities themselves: results of PHAEDRA surveys
  • Paul De Hert and Auke Willems, Dealing with overlapping jurisdictions and requests for mutual legal assistance while respecting individual rights. What can data protection law learn from cooperation in criminal justice matters?
  • Dariusz Kloza and Antonella Galetta, Towards efficient cooperation between supervisory authorities in the area of data privacy law
  • Endre Győző Szabó, The Weltimmo case in light of the future one-stop-shop regime
  • Marek Múčka, Biometrics in the context of different legal approaches
  • Dimitar Gjeorgievski, Institutional experience from international cooperation and joint investigation
  • Lahoussine Aniss, Cooperation between data protection authorities: the Moroccan experience

The chapter ‘Towards efficient cooperation between supervisory authorities in the area of data privacy law‘, containing the final recommendations of the PHAEDRA I project, has been re-published as a Working Paper of the Brussels Privacy Hub. It can be downloaded here.

The PHAEDRA consortium – VUB-LSTS (Belgium), Trilateral Research & Consulting (UK), Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (GIODO) and Universidad Jaume I (Spain) – now continues their research on ‘DPAs cooperation’ (as it is referred to internally) in the framework of PHAEDRA II project (2015-2017). The consortium thanks all those who contributed thus far to their research.

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