Research Centre in
the Heart of Europe
8 July 2022: European Health Data Space
The European Commission released its first proposal for a Regulation for the European Health Data Space (“EHDS”) in May 2022. The proposal has two broad aims. Perhaps the most important is to boost research competitiveness of Europe. This comes amid concerns that...
29 June 2022: ALTEP-DP Evening Debate – Sovereignty and Cyberspace
Articulating Law, Technology, Ethics & Politics: Issues of Enforcement and Jurisdiction of EU Data Protection Law under and beyond the GDPR' (ALTEP DP) Date Wednesday, 29 June 2022 Time 17:00-18:00 followed by a reception Hybrid format In-person venue: ICAB...
30 May 2022 – ‘Privacy Is Hard and Seven Other Myths – Achieving Privacy through Careful Design’ with Dr. Jaap-Henk Hoepman
The Brussels Privacy Hub is proud to announce the next installment in its Meet the Author Series, held for the first time in two years in-person. This time, the Hub will host Prof. Jaap-Henk Hoepman (Radboud University Nijmegen- iHub, University of Groningen) with...
22 May 2022: CPDP 2022 Opening Event: Vulnerable Individuals in the age of AI regulation
CPDP2022 Opening Night Join us on Sunday 22 May, starting at 18:00, for the Opening Night of CPDP 2022 with two stellar panels. Thank you to Nym Technologies and the Brussels Privacy Hub for organising this special evening with us. Introductory remarks by Paul De...
Co-director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri will speak at the FARI (FARI Brussels Conference: AI, Data, and Robotics for the Common Good)
Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri will speak at the "FARI Brussels Conference: AI, Data, and Robotics for the Common Good" on day 2. Prof. Malgieri will speak within the scope of session 1, titled "The EU is getting its AI Act together: How...
Brussels Privacy Hub will be co-organizing a workshop at the upcoming EDPS Conference 2022, on “Anticipatory Enforcement”
Brussels Privacy Hub will co-organise a workshop at the upcoming EDPS Conference, on "Anticipatory Enforcement". During the workshop, a selected group of attendees will explore a set of plausible futures, with the aim of stimulating, through creativity, alternative...
Co-Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Christopher Kuner to speak about ‘Enforcement models in EU law’ at the EDPS Conference
Co-Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Christopher Kuner will speak at the upcoming EDPS Conference. The panel, taking place on 16 June from 16h-17h in the Press Room venue as well as online, is titled 'Is the grass always greener? Enforcement models in EU...
Co-Founder and member of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Paul De Hert to moderate panel on ‘Empowering the EDPB’ at the EDPS Conference
Co-Founder and member of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Paul De Hert will moderate a panel at the upcoming EDPS Conference. The panel, taking place on 16 June from 16h-17h in the Aquarium venue as well as online, is titled 'The elephant in the room. Empowering the...
Brussels Privacy Hub Working Paper ‘From Transparency to Justification: Toward Ex Ante Accountability for AI’ by Gianclaudio Malgieri and Frank Pasquale has been published
Hub Co-Director Gianclaudio Malgieri and Frank Pasquale publish Working Paper ‘From Transparency to Justification: Toward Ex Ante Accountability for AI’. Abstract of the Working Paper: "At present, policymakers tend to presume that AI used by firms is legal, and only...
Brussels Privacy Hub Report on “Legal Bases For the Use and Operation of European Digital Identity Wallets” has been published
Brussels Privacy Hub report on "Legal Bases For the Use and Operation of European Digital Identity Wallets" written by Niko Tsakalakis and Alessandro Ortalda has been published today. Introduction of the Report: "eIDAS 2.0 introduces the concept of European Digital...
The 2022 Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law programme has been updated
The 2022 Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law will focus on the EU data governance reform, as illustrated in the above listed five regulatory instruments, each found at various stages of a law-making process. Each regulatory text will first be placed within its...
Our co-director Gianclaudio Malgieri interviewed by POLITICO about AI and Elon Musk’s strategies
On 26 April 2022, POLITICO.com, one of the main political newspapers in the US and Europe,interviewed Gianclaudio Malgieri about the ambiguous relationship between Elon Musk (the newowner of Twitter) and AI.Why is Elon Musk so “concerned” by AI, while making great...
Our co-director Gianclaudio Malgieri has co-authored an article on “Mental Data Protection and the GDPR”
The article has been published in the “Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Volume 9, Issue 1,January-June 2022”. You may reach the article from here.
Two registration fee waivers for Ukrainian applicants to Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2022
Brussels Privacy Hub announces two registration fee waivers for the Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2022 for Ukrainian applicants. Waivers do not include accommodation or transportation support. Applicants may choose to join either in-person or online. Ukrainian...
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,...
Managing Director/PhD Researcher Muhammed Demircan has presented a paper on the DMA-GDPR relationship at the 17th IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management 2022
Brussels Privacy Hub Managing Director and LSTS/VUB PhD Researcher Muhammed Demircan has presented his upcoming article on the DMA-GDPR relationship at the 17th IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management 2022. His research was focused on "Digital Markets...
Co-Directors Prof. Malgieri and Prof. Kuner to attend the Global Privacy Assembly 2022
Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Directors Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri and Prof. Christopher Kuner will participate to the 44th edition of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) in Istanbul. The conference will be held between 25 to 28 October 2022. Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri will...
Co-founder and Member of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Paul De Hert to moderate panel at EDEN Conference
Co-founder and Member of the Brussels Privacy Hub, Prof. Paul De Hert, will moderate a panel on online disinformation, propaganda and radicalisation at the 9th Europol Data Protection Experts Network Conference. The conference held from 19-20 September 2022 is titled...
Co-director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri to join EPIC Advisory Board
Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri will join the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a leading public research center based in Washington, DC. Read the press release here.
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.
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.
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.
We believe in network-building, and have built a strong network of contacts with leading privacy researchers both in and outside the EU.
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.
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)
The International Observatory on Vulnerable People in Data Protection