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The PIAF project has come to an end. Since January 2011, for 22 months, the consortium comprising Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS)Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP and Privacy International has conducted research on privacy impact assessment for the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice.

On the occasion of publication of the final deliverable on the recommendations for a PIA policy for the EU (December 2012), edited by Paul De Hert, Dariusz Kloza and David Wright, the consortium has issued the following press release:

PIAF consortium releases final report:
Privacy impact assessments should be mandatory and engage stakeholders

Press release
19 Dec 2012

Privacy impact assessments should be mandatory and must engage stakeholders in the process, says a consortium in its final report to the European Commission after a multi-country research project.

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Three LSTS researchers will intervene today, 24 February 2012, at the 2012 International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS) taking place in Salzburg. Irina Baraliuc will give a presentation titled “Law and Technology of Online Profiles after Death“, whereas Raphaël Gellert and Dariusz Kloza will present “Can privacy impact assessment mitigate civil liability? A “precautionous” approach“. Detailed programme: here (pdf).

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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.