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17 April: Doctoral seminar with Natalia Menéndez González on ‘With great power comes great responsibility: proportionality within the use of facial recognition technology’
Date: 17 April– 12:30h-13:30h Location: Hybrid – (online: MS Teams / offline: VUB Etterbeek Campus) The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) is organising a Doctoral Seminar series to give the opportunity to Ph.D. candidates working on privacy and data protection topics at the...
Is the Internet breaking up? Are we moving from a free but ads-based model to a paid subscription-based one? The Noyb v. META ruling highlighted how a contractual model in which the user signs a contract to obtain a service with personalised advertising would not...
21 March: Doctoral seminar with Maciej Otmianowski on ‘Power, technology and law: Investigating power relations through EU regulatory impact assessment’
Date: 21 March – 14:00h-15:00h Location: Hybrid – (online: MS Teams / offline: Vergaderzaal PE, third floor in Building C Etterbeek Campus) The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) is organising a Doctoral Seminar series to give the opportunity to Ph.D. candidates working on...
Series Overview In 2020 the European Commission published its policy strategy in the financial services sector: the Digital Finance Strategy. It seeks to reinvigorate competition in the financial services industry and bolster consumers’ benefit. However, after two...
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.
Our co-director Gianclaudio Malgieri interviewed by Euractiv about Italian DPA decision on Google analytics
On 23 June 2022, Euractiv interviewed Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri about the decision by the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante) to ban Google Analytics. In the interview with Euractiv journalist Luca Bertuzzi, Prof. Malgieri...
Co-director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri has spoken at the “Regulating emerging technologies: artificial intelligence and data governance” conference, today
Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri has spoken at the "Regulating emerging technologies: artificial intelligence and data governance" conference, on the topic of "The draft EU AI Act: on the road to trustworthy AI" today, on 22.06.2022. For...
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 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...
Co-Director Prof. Kuner to speak on new transatlantic data privacy framework at Europe Center discussion
Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Kuner will speak at the Atlantic Council Europe Center discussion on the new transatlantic data privacy framework. The event will focus on the Executive Order signed by President Biden on 7 October instituting new US privacy...
New Article by BPH Co-Director Prof. Malgieri and LSTS Co-Director Prof. Fuster: “The vulnerable data subject: A gendered data subject?”
Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri and LSTS Co-Director and Research Professor of Law at VUB, Prof. Gloria Gonzalez Fuster has co-authored an article titled as "The vulnerable data subject: A gendered data subject?". The article has been...
Co-Director Prof. Malgieri starts at eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies, as an Associate Professor
As of 3 October 2022, Brussels Privacy Hub Co-Director Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri has been appointed as an Associate Professor of Law at eLaw-Center for Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University. We wish Prof. Malgeri success in his future professional...
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...
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...
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