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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

Venez nombreux!

surveillance246The Call for Papers for the 2016 edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP), titled[In]visibilities & Infrastructures is currently open and will close on 1st October 2015. The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in law, social sciences, philosophy and computer sciences, and any other relevant fields. Multidisciplinary papers are particularly welcome. This call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Check the full call for papers here.

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The project ARCADES, ‘Introducing data protection and privacy issues at schools in the European Union (EU)’, has been launched. It aims to bring into EU schools personal data protection and privacy content in order to shape informed and responsible attitudes among school children and teens. This 18-month project, co-funded by the EU, brings together the Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (Poland), the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia, the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Hungary) and VUB’s LSTS (Belgium). Read the press-release here.

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picture by flickoholic (@flickr)

The book ‘Reforming European Data Protection Law, co-edited by Serge Gutwirth, Ronald Leenes and Paul de Hert is out now, published by Springer. It offers readers conceptual analysis as well as thoughtful discussion of issues, practices, and solutions related to privacy and personal data protection, featuring results of the seventh annual International Conference on Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP 2014) held in Brussels in January 2014. The complete list of contributions and more information can be found here.

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picture by andreas helke (@flickr)

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) welcomes the launch of the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH), an academic privacy research centre with a global focus. Rge BPH wil use its location in the capital of Europe to engage EU policymakers, data protection regulators, the private sector, and NGOs, and to produce innovative, cutting-edge research on important questions of data protection and privacy law and policy. More information in this brochure (pdf) or the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) website.

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Novática, the journal of Spain’s Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI), has recently published two papers by LSTS researchers. Issue 218 includes a contribution titled “El secreto se impone a la ubicación: Estableciendo la gravedad de las injerencias en la privacidad que plantean las tecnologías de vigilancia“, by Mathias Vermeulen, while issue 217 contains the article “La protección de datos en Europa y la persistente huella de la privacidad“, by Gloria González Fuster and Rocco Bellanova (both in Spanish).