The Flemish-Dutch House deBuren (“the neighbors”) presents beauty and wisdom of the Low Countries, and offers a platform for debate about culture, science, politics and the society in Flanders, The Netherlands and Europe. It is a place where artists, journalists, academics and politicians get the opportunity to voice their thoughts.


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.


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 worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. Our software innovations generate opportunities for the technology sector, businesses, public sector and consumers worldwide. At Microsoft, our mission is to help Europe achieve this critical goal by bringing technology to bear for the benefit of all people. 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 20,000 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 €18.2 billion in European companies, such as Nokia or Skype, as well as employed thousands of European researchers and engineers. We invest in Europe because we believe in the power of European innovation to shape not only the future of the region but also the world.



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.


Deloitte Belgium is a member of the international network of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Our privacy & security practice is a part of Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services group, a distinct practice of over 7,500 professionals across our global organization who help our clients manage risk and uncertainty. Our ongoing mission is to achieve robust security & privacy through the delivery of end-to-end solutions, by world-class experienced professionals, utilizing proven methodologies and tools, in a consistent manner globally. Deloitte can assist you in improving enterprise security and value, bring new solutions to market and develop risk aware programs and processes.


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.


The mission of the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (JRC-IPSC) of the European Commission is to enhance safety and stability of the European society on the basis of an agreed EU agenda by creating scientific results and turning them into measurable impact. JRC-IPSC provides European policy makers with scientific and technology advice on issues relevant to safety, security and stability within and outside the EU.


HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at


The IRISS project addresses the question of resilience in surveillance societies. Starting from the assumption that modern societies are “sleepwalking” into a surveillance regime, the project understands resilience primarily as a form of reaction against surveillance. On the one hand, IRISS investigates the impact of surveillance on individual freedom, democracy and privacy, taking a social, legal and political theory perspective. On the other hand, it sets out to reconstruct effects of surveillance from the perspective of citizens in different European countries. Employing this dual analytical framework a complex interpretation of the effects of surveillance emerges, demonstrating the ambivalence of resilience in surveillance societies.


Palantir Technologies builds data analytic platforms designed to enable human analysts to derive valuable, actionable insights from large-scale data sets. Palantir's customers range from intelligence agencies to banks to health insurance providers to non-government, disaster relief organizations, where we work to solve some of the world's hardest problems.



The Brussels Privacy Research Hub (BPRH) is an academic privacy 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.


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.


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.


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


Linklaters is a leading global law firm with a long history dating back to 1837. The firm specializes in advising companies, financial institutions and governments on their most challenging and strategic assignments. With offices in most major markets we assist our clients with their complex transactions, projects and dispute resolutions.

Our TMT practice consists of a fully dedicated, focused team of specialists dealing with telecommunications, data protection, IT-contracts including outsourcing, offshoring and cloud computing, e-commerce and internet-related issues in Belgium and across the globe.


Nymity is a global research company specializing in accountability, risk, and compliance software solutions for the privacy office. Nymity's suite of software solutions helps organizations attain, maintain, and demonstrate data privacy compliance. Organizations all over the world rely on Nymity's solutions to proactively and efficiently manage their privacy programs - empowering them to comply with confidence. Learn more at


Stibbe's privacy & data protection specialists provide their clients with insight and experienced pragmatism. With over 20 years of experience, the team handles privacy health checks, corporate data exchange and monitoring programs and policies, and DPA's from different jurisdictions. Stibbe is involved in data governance and protection projects for (inter)national clients in a broad range of sectors.


Trilateral Research is a London-based consultancy, specialising in high-quality research and strategic advice relating to new policy and regulatory developments in privacy, data protection, surveillance, security, big data, cloud computing and impact assessment. Trilateral has strong links with many organisations and research institutes across Europe. Trilateral helps policy-makers improve policy and decision-making. Trilateral has partnered in and co-ordinated numerous European projects in the past decade. Trilateral has also recently conducted a study on privacy impact assessment and risk management for the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. Most of Trilateral’s staff are post-docs with extensive experience in research and strategy with strong records of publication in peer-reviewed journals. For more information about Trilateral, visit


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.


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: and WSGR Data Protection Regulation Observatory:

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