We are proudly announcing a new research project, STAR: Support Training Activities on the data protection Reform, launched in November 2017 with a kick-off meeting in Budapest. This 24-month project, co-funded by the European Union (EU) under its Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme (2014-2020), is coordinated by the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and brings together UK’s Trilateral Research Ltd and the Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság (NAIH), the Hungarian Data Protection Authority (DPA).
With a set of more than 50 recommendations for the improvement of practical cooperation between data protection authorities, a multi-national research consortium – led by Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert of Vrije Universiteit Brussel – concluded a four-year research initiative in the framework of two projects named “PHAEDRA”. These studies were commissioned and financially supported by the European Union.
“Personal data no longer stay within one country. They are constantly being exchanged between jurisdictions and this elevates risks for both individuals as well as public and private organisations. When something goes wrong – for example a data breach – the consequences are not only often serious, but also these consequences equally often occur in more than one country. Given the importance of information for contemporary economy and national security, an adequate response to tackle this challenge is therefore critically needed. It is a global standard in data protection law that dedicated supervisory authorities have been set up not only to sanction violations of this branch of law, but also to work to prevent these violations from happening. These authorities normally have been busy with matters concerning their own countries. As these days personal data transcend boundaries, these authorities now need to work together efficiently to achieve this double end” – said Prof. De Hert.
The Brussels Privacy Hub is organising the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School, an innovative course on privacy and personal data protection law at the heart of Europe. Under the title ‘Getting to Grips with the GDPR‘, the programme will explore legal and institutional challenges in the European Union, and provide participants with in-depth examination of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other EU data protection instruments – as well as global and, more specifically, transatlantic privacy issues.