Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.


Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.


Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Huawei has over 9 900 staff based in Europe, of whom 1200 are working in R&D. We run 18 R&D sites located in eight European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and operate numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners. www.huawei.eu


Intel is the leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Intel develops semiconductor and software products for a range of computing applications. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, it has 100,000 employees operating in 300 facilities in 50 countries. Inte's mission is to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth.


Ever since their beginnings, Les Halles have captured and crystallised movements stemming right from the edges of art and society, in an unprecedented alliance of both learned and popular culture. Open to contemporary hopes and upheavals spanning from the neighborhood right out to the world at large, Les Halles keep on looking for what Europe, still on a quest for its own destiny, has to offer: exploration of new passions, reason seeking out adventure, the utmost freedom of style. Les Halles resonate with a desire for participation and involvement, be it individually or collectively, thus characterising the digital age.


Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our software innovations generate opportunities for the technology sector, businesses, public sector and consumers worldwide. Microsoft opened its first office in Europe in 1982. We have been investing in and growing with Europe ever since, and today we have over 25,000 local employees, working alongside more than 180,000 partners to empower millions of European consumers and to help transform businesses. In the last decade alone, Microsoft has invested nearly €20 billion in European companies, such as Nokia or Skype, as well as employed thousands of European researchers and engineers.


OneTrust is the leading global software to operationalise data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design.

OneTrust automates data protection impact assessments (PIA) and data mapping, identifies privacy risks, and enforces risk management and control activities in an integrated and agile approach.

Our web-based software provides a central repository for privacy professionals to collaborate with business groups, service providers and trusted advisors managing privacy risks across controller, processor, and data transfer activities.

The result is the ability to demonstrate accountability and compliance with EU's data protection requirements (GDPR, BCR, Privacy Shield), and globally across privacy jurisdictions and frameworks.



BSA | The Software Alliance is the leading advocate for the global software industry. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC and operations in more than 60 countries around the world, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

The European Data Protection Supervisor is an independent supervisory authority, with responsibility for monitoring the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies, advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy and cooperating with similar authorities at national level.

The EDPS remit includes:

• developing and communicating an overall vision, thinking in global terms and proposing concrete recommendations;

• providing policy guidance to meet new challenges in the area of data protection;

• operating at the highest levels and developing effective relationships with diverse stakeholders in other EU institutions, Member States, non EU countries and other national or international organisations.


The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), established by the EU as one of its specialised agencies in 2007, provides independent, evidence-based advice on fundamental rights to the institutions of the EU and the Member States on a range of issues. The staff of the FRA, which is based in Vienna, includes legal experts, political and social scientists, statisticians, and communication and networking experts.

Henley Business School

Set in the heart of the Thames Valley, Henley is one of the oldest and most respected business schools in Europe. Ranked in the top 20 in the world for executive education (FT 2016), it is part of an elite group of business schools - the top 1% in the world – to be triple-accredited for the quality and capability of faculty and output.

Helping customers become exceptional is at the heart of The Henley Way. Henley's suite of open, custom, degree and coaching programmes enable professionals to stand out as outstanding business leaders and create success in their organisations.



The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with the European Union and its forerunners since 1953. The U.S. Mission coordinates cooperation between the United States and the European Union on a wide spectrum of transatlantic priorities, from foreign policy, international development, trade, and agricultural issues to justice, law enforcement, and counter terrorism.


One of the missions of the Directorate E - Space, Security and Migration of the DG-JRC of the European Commission is to strengthen trust and security of the European Citizen in a sustainable and inclusive ICT-based European society by scientific research on how emerging Information and Communication Technologies will impact on the security and privacy of citizens' daily life. It works on risk mitigation, on cybersecurity, cybercrime, data protection, privacy and on the associated legal and regulatory frameworks aiming at a balance between European security needs and fundamental citizen rights including from the perspective of the emerging Digital Single Market.


DPO Network Europe

Hiring a privacy professional in Europe? DPO Network Europe is a recruitment services company exclusively specialized in European data protection and privacy roles. Thanks to our domain expertise and network of high-calibre candidates spanning across 30+ countries in Europe, we have become the trusted recruitment partner to the world’s top brands for their Europe-based in-house and contract privacy job vacancies. The foundation of our success lies with our people who are privacy-savvy and who deliver! Learn more at www.dponetwork.eu.


EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC protects privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values; and promotes the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC's program activities include public education, litigation, and advocacy. EPIC files amicus briefs, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, and testifies about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. www.epic.org.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Straight talking. Thinking around corners. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes a problem. Performing as a team, no matter where we’re sitting. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done.

Our 2,500 lawyers work together, solving your toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers. Expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes - we help you stay on top of your risks and opportunities. Around the world.

ISACA Belgium

ISACA Belgium is a non-profit knowledge chapter with +900 volunteers in Belgium and is part of ISACA international with +140.000 volunteers worldwide. ISACA is focused on IT auditing, IT governance, IT risk, information security, cybersecurity and privacy. ISACA Belgium organizes certification boot camps to prepare candidates for their CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC and CSX exams. On average, ISACA Belgium organizes more than 20 educational activities per year, including privacy open forums via www.isaca.be. ISACA publishes regularly privacy white papers, articles and blogs by volunteers which can be found on www.isaca.org/privacy


Mozilla's mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web. We produce the Firefox web browser and other products and services, together adopted by hundreds of millions individual internet users around the world. Mozilla is also a non-profit foundation that educates and empowers internet users to be the web's makers, not just its consumers. To accomplish this, Mozilla functions as a community of technologists, thinkers, and builders who work together to keep the Internet alive and accessible.



Nymity is a global research company specialising in accountability, risk, and compliance solutions for the privacy office. Nymity helps organisations attain, maintain, and demonstrate data privacy compliance, in all jurisdictions, industries, and sectors. Organisations all over the world rely on Nymity’s solutions to proactively and effectively manage their privacy programs – empowering them to comply with confidence. Learn more at www.NYMITY.com


Stibbe’s team of privacy and data protection specialists provides its clients with insight, foresight and experienced pragmatism. The team has over 20 years of experience in dealing with data protection authorities from different jurisdictions. The team is embedded in Stibbe’s TMT practice (Technology Media and Telecoms), and, as a result, the members have a thorough understanding of information technology and data communication networks. The team is involved in data governance protection projects for national and international clients, covering an a broad range sectors, such as media/entertainment, finance, communications, industry and transport, consumer goods, government and healthcare. Typical projects include privacy health checks, corporate data exchange and monitoring programs and policies. Click on the links for more information on our practice group and its publications.


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a global law firm that helps clients maintain the highest standards for data protection while successfully pursuing their business interests. We have a fully integrated global practice with substantial experience in advising companies on all facets of global and EU privacy laws, including on topics such as big data, connected cards, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. We have unique experience with complex multi-jurisdictional privacy investigations, enforcement actions, and litigation. We also counsel clients on the review of the EU data protection legal framework. More information: www.wsgr.com and WSGR Data Protection Regulation Observatory: www.wsgr.com/eudataregulation.



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Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe Party

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party is the party for liberal democrat values in Europe.

Together with our liberal member parties across the European continent we are translating the principle of freedom into politics, economics and all other areas of our societies. The ALDE Party provides an increasingly vital link between citizens and the EU institutions and is continuously growing in size and significance.

The ALDE Party consists of 60 member parties and thousands of individual members from countries across Europe.



Center for Digital Democracy (CDD)

The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) serves a vitally important mission protecting the privacy and welfare of the public in the “Big Data” driven marketplace. We position ourselves on the cutting edge of commercial digital media developments, analyzing how the dramatic expansion of online and offline information collection, the use of sophisticated data analysis, and advances in the creation and delivery of personalized marketing are used to target individuals, families, and communities. CDD explores how Big Data practices and technologies, particularly with regard to privacy, adversely affect individuals, groups and society. The impact of these practices on equity, autonomy and agency, and the erosion of civil rights, fairness and freedom are our main concerns.


The CANVAS project – Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity – aims at addressing cybersecurity challenges by considering how cybersecurity can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights. To this purpose, technology developers, social scientists, law and ethics scholars will, within the period of three years, bring together stakeholders from key areas of the European Digital Agenda: the health system, business/finance, and law enforcement/national security. CANVAS will help raising awareness about ethical and legal mechanisms that allow to pursue value-driven cybersecurity, notably through teaching in academia and industry.


The advent of Social Networks has made both companies and public bodies tremendously exposed to the so-called Social Engineering 2.0, and thus prone to targeted cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, there is currently no solution available on the market that allows neither the comprehensive assessment of Social Vulnerabilities nor the management and reduction of the associated risk. DOGANA aims to fill this gap by developing a framework that delivers "aDvanced sOcial enGineering And vulNerability Assessment" . The underlying concept of DOGANA is that Social Driven Vulnerabilities Assessments (SDVAs), when regularly performed with the help of an efficient framework, help deploy effective mitigation strategies and lead to reducing the risk created by modern Social Engineering 2.0 attack techniques. Two relevant features of the proposed framework are:

- The presence of the "awareness" component as the cornerstone of the mitigation activities;

- The legal compliance by design of the whole framework, that will be ensured by a partner and a work package explicitly devoted to this task.

The outcomes of the project are expected to provide a solid basis to revise the insurance models for cyber-attacks related risks.

Norwegian Data Protection Authority

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority oversees and enforces the Personal Data Act.· It is an independent administrative body and reports annually to·the Norwegian Parliament.·The Norwegian Data Protection Authority employs around 46 members of staff, among them lawyers, technologists and social scientists.


Efficient communication and access to critical information is a key requirement for the operations of public safety and security services in disasters. Inter-connectedness and cooperation between different rescue teams is essential for saving lives and protecting assets. However, the communication capabilities are often compromised or destroyed, either by the catastrophe itself or its aftermath. In these cases, new communication systems must be deployed to re-establish communication.

The project EPISECC is aiming at developing a concept of a common “European Information Space”. This information space is dedicated to become the key element in a future integrated pan-European crisis and disaster response capacity. Besides the development of a common Taxonomy and an ontology model, aimed at addressing the Semantic Interoperability issue, EPISECC will focus on the establishment of Interoperability at Physical (i.e. network) and Syntactical (i.e. automated information exchange) levels. One of the main purposes of the EPISECC approach, is to allow analysis of interoperability at all levels.


The Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments, or d.pia.lab, connects basic, methodological and applied research, provides training and delivers policy advice related to impact assessments in the areas of innovation and technology development. Whilst legal aspects of privacy and personal data protection constitute our core expertise, the Laboratory mobilises other disciplines including ethics, philosophy, surveillance studies and science, technology & society (STS) studies. Established in November 2015, the Laboratory constitutes a part of and builds upon the experience of the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium.


European university institute

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The dynamic capture of situational awareness concerning crowds in specific mass gathering venues and its intelligent enablement into emergency management information systems, using smart communication devices and spaces is critical for achieving timely guidance and safe evacuation of people out of dangerous areas. Humans could be overwhelmed by fast changes of potentially dangerous incidents occurring at confined environments with mass-gathering. They could fail to make objective decisions to find their way to safety. This condition may lead to mass panic and make emergency management more challenging. In eVACUATE, an intelligent fusion of sensors, geospatial and contextual information, with advanced multi-scale crowd behaviour detection and recognition is being developed. The structured fusion of sensing information with dynamic estimated uncertainties on behaviour predictions will advance eVACUATE crowd dynamic models; and virtual reality simulations of crowds in confined environments. A service oriented Decision-Support System is developed to dynamically distribute on demand evacuation information to emergency management actors as the crisis unfolds. Decision-makers at the command posts, first responders, front-line stewards and volunteers receive real-time situation aware information of updated evacuation strategies using eVACUATE information and communication infrastructure. Smart spaces and other mobile devices shall be connected to the integrated system to provide safer evacuation routings for people.

Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.


The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at www.privacyassociation.org.


The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at www.privacyassociation.org.

A Risk to a Right? Exploring a new notion in data protection law” funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) (G046815N)

The goal of this project is to analyse the notion of “risks to the rights and freedoms of the data subjects”, which is at the core of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs), and the risk-based approach to data protection as implemented in the GDPR more in general. It is premised on the idea that the use of risk management tools represents an important shift from the traditional rights-based approach. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to devise a robust notion of data protection risk if we are to uphold a high level of –data- protection.

The Law Society of England and Wales

The Law Society of England and Wales is the professional body for the solicitors' profession in England and Wales, representing over 160,000 registered legal practitioners. The Society represents the profession to the parliament, government and regulatory bodies and has a public interest in the reform of the law. Through its Brussels Office, it represents the profession to the EU institutions and key EU-level stakeholders. It is a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).


The Knowledge Centre Open Data of Delft University of Technology focuses on the governance of open geo-data; how current institutional, legal and organisational barriers may best be overcome; and which frameworks should be developed to optimise the sharing of open geo-data by governments, knowledge institutes, companies and citizens. TU Delft’s OTB participates, along with Tilburg University’s TILT and other stakeholders, in the Safeguarding data Protection in an Open data World (SPOW) project, which aims at the creation of a legal construct to balance open data interests and data protection rights in the context of the development of smart cities.

LSEC Leaders in Security

LSEC is an internationally renowned Information security cluster, a not for profit organization that has the objective to promote Information Security and Privacy best practices in Europe. Founded by the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven), supported by European Commission FP7 and leading a unique PAN European Private partnership that interacts with Public Institutions, LSEC connects industry experts, research institutes and universities, government agencies, end users, funding bodies and technical experts who are driving national and European research agendas. LSEC activities aim to raise awareness, support innovation and competitiveness of the European IT- Security market and promote the visibility of its members. www.leadersinsecurity.org

Maastricht University – european Centre on Privacy and cybersecurity (ecpc@UM)

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world. Under the auspices of the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC@UM) has been established. ECPC@UM will co-create together with its stakeholders forward-looking research projects, education programmes and training courses where innovation and social responsibility are at the core. The ECPC@UM training and certification curriculum matches the emerging learning and development needs of public services and DPA’s.


The Nexa Center for Internet & Society

The Nexa Center for Internet & Society is born from the activities of an initially informal interdisciplinary group – with expertise in technology, law and economics – that was formed in Torino in 2003 and that has since evolved conceiving, designing and implementing a number of initiatives: Creative Commons Italia (2003-present), CyberLaw Torino (2004), Harvard Internet Law Program Torino (2005), SeLiLi – free legal advice on open licenses for creators and programmers (2006-present), COMMUNIA, the European Commission-funded thematic network of 50 partners aimed at studying the digital public domain (2007-2011) and LAPSI, the European thematic network on legal aspects of public sector information (2010-2012). The Nexa Center has also been a key player that made possible the launch in May 2010 of one of the first public open data portals in Europe, http://dati.piemonte.it. Since October 2014, the Nexa Center has been coordinating the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC), which supports the cooperation among the main Internet & society research centers worldwide.


Communicating in a network such as the Internet has the -seemingly- inherent characteristic that anyone observing the network (e.g., a service provider) will get to know the metadata for each connection (including the source and destination, length and size of conversation or data transfer etc.). This information is a resource that can be exploited and its misuse may have serious implications for the privacy of European citizens especially given the global nature of the Internet. PANORAMIX will develop a European infrastructure for secure communications based on mix-nets which are cryptographic overlays for network communication with the capability to eliminate meta-data information. Furthermore, even though they are a privacy-enhancing technology, mix-nets can also have suitable accountability features by design. PANORAMIX comes as a response to the need for privacy in a highly connected world where personal information becomes increasingly an item of high valuation and exchange between companies and governments and aims at empowering European citizens in terms of managing their privacy. (http://panoramix-project.eu)

Privacy International

Privacy International is a London-based charity, which works all over the world to fight against the overreaching and unchecked powers of Governments and companies that invade our privacy. We investigate and litigate against policies, practices and technologies that go too far. We advocate for better privacy, which is vital in giving us greater security and freedom. www.privacyinternational.org



Queen's University

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The overall objective of SecInCoRe (Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory) is to identify data sets, processes, information systems and business models used by first responders and Police authorities leading to a dynamic and secure cloud based ‘common information space’.

SecInCoRe applies dedicated measures to ensure that (a) future users understand the benefits of the new systems and (b) future users influence the design of the proposed SecInCoRe system and services (operative and technical) according to their evolving information needs.

TYPES (Towards transparency and privacy in the online advertising business)

TYPES aims to introduce a series of tools and technologies that come to empower the online users and prevent disruptions to online businesses. In addition to the layer of protection for online privacy, TYPES will propose tools to give the users control of the information they are willing to share, make them aware of how that information is used to support the content they enjoy online, and help discourage the use of total mitigation tools which ultimately negatively impacts both consumers and businesses. In the pursuit of its objectives, TYPES employs four building blocks which allow end users to understand better how their information is used for targeted advertising purposes, help them feel secure against privacy breaches and ultimately build trust. These four essential elements of the project are: Privacy Violation Detection Tools, Privacy Safeguarding Tools, Data Valuation Tools, and Privacy-by-design Advertising.



EUobserver is an indispensable news source for anyone who wants to know what is going on in the EU. Publishing daily news reports from Brussels and the EU's member states, it is one of the most widely read and trusted EU news publications. https://euobserver.com/


EuroBrussels is the number one jobsite for European Affairs. Around 100'000 legal, policy, economic, communication and many other specialists visit the site every month, over 100'000 subscribe to its newsletters and job alerts. Since 2001 EuroBrussels has been the best place to find European experts, and its large but focused audience has helped law firms, EU institutions and agencies, industry associations, NGO, consultancies and many others find just the right expert. Legal jobs are also published on the community site for international lawyers "Brussels Legal" and in the 7'000+ subscriber EuroBrussels Legal Newsletter.

European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL)

The European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) provides a practical and intellectual forum to discuss, comment and review all issues raised by the development and implementation of data protection law and policy in the EU Member States. The quarterly peer-reviewed journal offers in-depth articles, case notes, country and practitioner reports, book reviews. EDPL reports on the law and policy governing: Privacy and data protection, Freedom of information, open data and re-use of information, Civil liberties issues, Data processing, Data transfers and Technology issues. For more information please visit www.lexxion.eu/edpl

PinG Privacy

PinG Privacy in Germany is conceived for all professionals dealing with the practical implementation of corporate privacy and compliance policies. PinG is international, providing content from all around the world. PinG is published by Erich Schmidt Verlag, one of the leading scientific publishing houses in Germany. Founded in 1924 in Berlin, the company today supplies premium quality information in the areas of law, economics and management, tax, work and industrial safety as well as philology across all media types. Visit us for further information and free trial issues: www.PinGdigital.de/info.

Privacy Law and Business

Privacy Laws & Business, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2017, provides the world’s longest running international data protection publications and independent conferences with clients in 50+ countries. Services also include roundtables with regulators, recruitment, training, external Data Protection Officer service, consulting and auditing for private and public sectors. We show why and how a positive approach to privacy laws reduces regulatory action, criminal penalties, civil claims and also increases your competitive advantage, helps build and sustain customer and employee trust, and can become a driver of your business strategy.

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