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On Wednesday 14 August 2013 two LSTS researchers, Dariusz Kloza and Gertjan Boulet, will give a talk on privacy at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore, India. The Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government data, free/open source software, open standards, open access to scholarly literature, open educational resources, and open video), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.

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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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The PIAF Project consortium, comprising the Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS)Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP and Privacy International, for the recent 22 months has been conducting research on privacy impact assessment (PIA).

The project comes to an end in October 2012. Having held its final conference in September 2012 in Brussels, the members of the consortium will now present the final research results and will seek feedback on the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners as well as on one of the side-events, i.e. the 2012 Public Voice Meeting, both held in Punta del Este, Uruguay on 22-24 October 2012.

Among the consortium members, David Wright (Trilateral) will talk on a panel titled Exploring lines of work: research and projects and Gus Hosein (Privacy International) – on a panel on biometrics.

Both Gus Hosein and Dariusz Kloza (VUB-LSTS) will also talk on the Public Voice meeting. Gus will be a panelist on the Emerging Trends in the Internet Global Village: Cross Cultural Views of Privacy, Freedom of Expression and Human Rights on Data Collection, Retention and Use, and Darek – on the Civil Society’s Challenge in Preserving Civic Participation.

The full agendas of both events are available here and here, respectively.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS), Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP and Privacy International have been conducting research on PIA for the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice. Our project is called PIAF: A Privacy Impact Assessment Framework for Data Protection and Privacy Rights. You can find more details on http://www.piafproject.eu.

The goal of our workshops for national data protection authorities and selected policy-makers is to share the findings and conclusions of our research. The first workshop took place in Brussels on 12 October 2011 and was devoted to mapping the best elements of existing PIA frameworks. The second workshop took place in Sopot, Poland on 24 April 2012 and focused on the empirical research on contextual factors affecting the introduction of PIA frameworks in EU Member States, gathered as a result of a questionnaire survey of data protection authorities in the EU.

The final conference will take place in Brussels on Thursday, 27 September 2012, from 09:00 till 13:00. Please find the draft agenda attached. The workshop materials will be circulated in a digital form up to one week in advance. Please also note that the views and opinions expressed in this workshop are solely those of the authors.

Participation is free of charge. Due to a limited number of places, please register by sending an e-mail to Dariusz Kloza (VUB-LSTS) at dariusz.kloza@vub.ac.be before Friday, 21 September 2012.

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Vrije Universiteit BrusselResearch Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS), Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP and Privacy International are currently conducting research on privacy impact assessment (PIA). Our project, undertaken in the framework of the action grants of the EU’s Fundamental Rights & Citizenship Programme, is called PIAF: A Privacy Impact Assessment Framework for Data Protection and Privacy Rights.

Among the most important elements of our project are two workshops aimed at national data protection authorities and selected policy-makers. The goal of these workshops is to provide a briefing on the project deliverables and their key findings, seek feedback on work and discuss the next steps. The first workshop took place in Brussels on 12 October 2011 and was devoted to mapping the best elements of existing PIA frameworks. The second workshop will focus on the empirical research on contextual factors affecting the introduction of PIA frameworks in EU Member States, gathered as a result of a questionnaire survey of data protection authorities in the EU.

The second workshop will take place in Sopot, Poland on Tuesday, 24 April 2012, from 14:00 till 17:30. Please find the draft agenda here.

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.