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On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 from 17h00 till 19h00 the Muntpunt in Brussels will host a book launch and an evening debate on Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Relations as a Challenge for Democracy. This book, co-edited by Dan Svantesson and Dariusz Kloza, is a fruit of collaboration of 30 authors from all over the world, who have provided their views on (the protection of) data privacy in relations between Europe and Americas as a challenge for democracy, the rule of law (Rechtsstaat) and fundamental rights.

This book includes contributors of international stature who deal with Snowden and Safe Harbour, but also go beyond them to address some of the key topics affecting privacy at the international level. The topics are timely and the authors highly qualified, and the book will be of interest to anyone interested in privacy and data protection law and policy” – recommended Dr Christopher Kuner, Co-Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub.

The editors decided to put Bruegel’s ‘Landscape with the Fall of Icarus’ on its front cover, which definitely can be considered as a little bit provocative. In this painting, the fall of Icarus, an important event known from the Greek mythology, remains ignored by the onlookers. Icarus is drowning, but nobody notices it. The editors, by juxtaposing the topic of EU-US data privacy relations and the symbolic meaning of the ‘Fall of Icarus’, are clearly sending a warning that these issues should not be ignored” – commented Michał Czerniawski, one of the authors contributing to the present book.

The foreword, introduction and the table of contents can be previewed here.

This is already the 4th volume in European Integration and Democracy series, edited at the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies at the University of Białystok (Poland) and published by the Belgian-based and increasingly well-known publishing house Intersentia. It has become a tradition that with each new volume in the series, a dedicated seminar is organised – shortly after each book is out – to celebrate its launch.

This book launch will take shape of panel discussions amongst its many authors as well as invited experts. It will look into these relations through the lens of the human rights protection and the role of the new data privacy law in the European Union. Wojciech R. Wiewiórowski, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor, will join with a keynote on ‘The Ocean that Connects Us. Trans-Atlantic Perspectives on Privacy‘.

The event is jointly presented by the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies, University of Białystok; Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; and the Centre for Commercial Law, Bond University in cooperation with Brussels Privacy Hub and Intersentia.

The programme is available here.

Attendance is free of charge, yet due to limited capacity, registration is required. There are still a few places available. Please contact at info@brusselsprivacyhub.org.

Venez nombreux!

5108111856_b8e8aa3c8cThe multiple ways of (de/self-) regulation: What is at stake for human rights?‘ is the title of this year’s already announced Privacy Camp, taking place on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at Université Saint-Louis (Rue du Marais 119, Brussels) as a pre-CPDP event. Please check the very interesting programme, now online, and make sure you register by 22 January 2016 contacting Imge.Ozcan AT vub.ac.be. Priority will be given to members of NGOs and civil rights groups. Participation is free. All info here.

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As the 2015 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference approaches, the list of its official side events continues to grow. The Privacy Camp ‘Big data and ever increasing state surveillance‘ is a civil society warm-up event that will take place on 20 January 2015 (9.00 – 18.00) at Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels. For more information and registration, please check this page.

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The Privacy Camp.eu, or 2nd UnConference On Privacy And Data Protection, is an event dedicated to privacy and data protection challenges and possibilities in Europe, which will take place in Brussels on 22 January 2013. It has been launched by European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Law, Science, Technology and Society research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB-LSTS) and the Université Saint-Louis. This event is a free-to-attend pre-conference of the 2013 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (23, 24, 25 January 2013). For more information, schedule and how to register, please check here.