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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!

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Titled ‘Privacy in Times of Smart Surveillance: Conference on Ethics and Rights as Standards for European Surveillance practices‘, the final Conference of the SAPIENT project (Supporting fundamental rights, prIvacy and ethics in surveillance technologies) will take place on 1st and 2nd July 2014 at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in Brussels. The programme is available here.

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The EU-funded Privacy and Emerging Technologies (PRESCIENT) project is hosting an international conference in Berlin from 27 to 28 November 2012 to provide a forum for the discussion of new approaches to assess the ethical and privacy impacts of emerging technologies. Topics of interest include, inter alia, privacy, ethical and surveillance impact assessment; innovation (in the context of emerging technologies) and trade-offs against social equity; ethical issues raised by emerging technologies; privacy by design; foresight; scenarios; the (in)adequacies of existing legal frameworks in addressing the social impacts of emerging technologies, and key challenges facing regulators in the face of emerging technologies. Deadline for abstracts is 10 October 2012. The full call for papers is available here.

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In the context of the International Conference “Security, Ethics, and Justice: Towards a More Inclusive Security Design“, to take place in Tübingen (Germany) from 21 to 23 June 2012, LSTS Researchers Rocco Bellanova and Gloria González Fuster will give a presentation titled “On the politics of disappearance: the body scanner setting“. More information can be found here.