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Latest events

12 October: The DMA is here: a GDPR 2.0 for fairer digital markets?

The Digital Markets Act is a key piece of legislation in the field of digital platform governance, aimed at promoting a more competitive and transparent data ecosystem within the European Union. This Act seeks to address several key aspects of competitiveness and...


MATIS Conference to be held on 1 and 2 December

The University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will organise the final Conference of the Making Transparent the Invisible Surveillance (MATIS) Project.  The conference will be held in-person at the University of Luxembourg on 1 and...

Brussel Privacy Symposium 2022 – Registrations are open now

The sixth edition of the Brussels Privacy Symposium will take place on November 15, 2022, jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). This year’s topic is “Vulnerable People, Marginalization...

Data Retention Conference to be held on 28 October

The University of Saint-Louis, in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will co-organise a Conference on recent Belgian Data Retention legislation.  The  conference will be held in French and Dutch from 9 AM - 1 PM, and will feature prof. Paul De Hert,...

Brussels Privacy Hub celebrates Data Protection Day 2023

The Brussels Privacy Hub celebrates Data Protection Day 2023. Since beginning our work in 2014 we have been committed to promote awareness and critical thinking about privacy, data protection and the regulation of digital technologies. Data Protection Day is an...

Brussels Privacy Hub participates in IAPP KnowledgeNet

Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Malgieri will participate in the next IAPP KnowledgeNet event moderated by Brussels Privacy Hub Program and Dissemination Coordinator Vincenzo Tiani. The event, titled 'Vulnerable people and data protection: rethinking the...

Brussels Privacy Hub announces 2023 Summer Academy

The 2023 Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law is titled "From Data Access to Data Transformations: How to Govern Data in the Age of Analytics and AI?". It fill focus on Personal Data & Algorithmic Processing, Third Party Data Access, Comparative Perspectives,...


The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) was founded in 2014 by Christopher Kuner and Paul De Hert as an academic research centre with a global focus. As an entity of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels or VUB), it uses its location in Brussels, 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. Brussels is where key decisions are taken on data protection in the European Union, and EU rules set the standard for data protection and privacy law around the world.


The BPH’s main goals are to produce privacy research of the highest quality; bring together leading thinkers from around the world; and foster an interchange of ideas among privacy stakeholders in a climate of intellectual openness.

Our Principles

Data protection and privacy law

We believe strongly in the relevance and importance of data protection and privacy law, particularly in light of the challenges posed by the rapid development of technology and globalization.

Innovative Thinking

We believe that fresh and innovative thinking based on multidisciplinary research is necessary to meet these challenges. The BPH thus brings together scholars from a wide array of disciplines who collaborate with the private sector, policymakers, and NGOs to produce cutting-edge research.

Transparency & Neutrality

Our work is carried out in a manner that is neutral, transparent, and is guided by the highest standards of ethics and impartiality.

Network Building

We believe in network-building, and have built a strong network of contacts with leading privacy researchers both in and outside the EU.

Our work

We focus on all areas of data protection and privacy research. Among our main areas of interest are empirical research on privacy issues; privacy governance and regulation in the EU; global flows of data; reconciling law enforcement and privacy interests; privacy challenges posed by new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; comparative research on privacy in different regions; jurisprudential issues of privacy protection; and many others.

Our Activities

Publishing high-quality academic research
Organising workshops, seminars, and public debates on specific topics
Training the next generation of privacy lawyers and privacy officers
Bringing prominent visiting scholars to Brussels for short or long-term visits
Attracting outstanding PhD students
Participating in the work of international organisations
Creating synergies with other leading research centres
Contributing to events organised by other organisations, such as the annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP)


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