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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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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.


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.


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.



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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 www.NYMITY.com


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.



Access defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, we fight for open and secure communications for all.

Commission for the protection of privacy

The Commission for the protection of privacy, better known as the Privacy Commission, ensures that personal data are handled with care and thorougly protected, and that your future privacy also remains guaranteed. The Privacy Commission is an independent body and was established by the Belgian Federal House of Representatives with the Act of 8 December 1992 (the so-called "Privacy Act").


CRISP (Evaluation and Certification Schemes for Security Products) is a three year project (April 2014 – March 2017) that aims to facilitate a harmonised playing field for the European security industry by developing a robust methodology for security product certification. CRISP will enhance existing security evaluation and certification schemes by offering an innovative evaluation methodology that integrates security, trust, efficiency and freedom infringement assessment dimensions. The proposed scheme will be based on a taxonomy encompassing a variety of security products and services across applications, taking into account the varying roles of a diverse stakeholder community including manufacturers, regulatory and certification bodies, data protection authorities and end users.

Centre for Direct Democracy Studies (CDDS)

The Centre for Direct Democracy Studies (CDDS) – a bilingual (English and Polish) research unit within the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bialystok (Poland) – was established in December 2011 to foster and institutionalise research, teaching and policy advice on the notion of democracy in Eastern Europe. The Centre is devoted to analytical, theoretical, prospective and comparative research on direct democracy (especially the notions of citizens’ initiative and referendum), democratic deficit and the role of direct democracy in regional integration. Geographically, the Centre is particularly interested in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union and its Member States, as well as other emerging supranational organizations. The Centre takes an interdisciplinary approach and therefore combines experts in legal, political and social sciences.

Commission Nationale pour la Protection des Données – CNPD

The National Commission for Data Protection (Commission Nationale pour la Protection des Données – CNPD) is an independent authority created by the Act of 2 August 2002 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data. It verifies the legality of the processing of personal data and ensures the respect of personal freedoms and fundamental rights with regard to data protection and privacy. Its mission also extends to ensuring the respect of the amended Act of 30 May 2005 regarding the specific rules for the protection of privacy in the sector of electronic communications.

Data Transparancy Lab

DTL is an inter-institutional collaboration, seeking to create a global community of technologists, researchers, policymakers and industry representatives working to advance online personal data transparency through scientific research and design.


FastPass establishes and demonstrates a modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates at European borders addressing security, mobility, and harmonisation challenges. The aim is to provide a solution facilitating both the border crossing for the traveller and the identity controls for border guards, while respecting data protection and privacy issues. FastPass is based on an innovative reference architecture, applied in an end-user centric way. A demonstration and evaluation at an air, land and sea border will be implemented in three Member States.

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.

Internet Society

Our vision: the Internet is for everyone.

Our mission is to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

Internet Society works to encourage and support:

• Open development of standards, protocols, administration, and the technical infrastructure of the Internet.

• Education, professional development, and community action to foster participation and leadership in areas important to the Internet's evolution.

• International cooperation, community, and a culture that enables self-governance to work.

• Cooperative efforts to promote the Internet as a positive tool to benefit everyone.

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

Knowledge Centre Open Data of Delft University of Technology

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.

National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the United States' leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works directly with industry and government and core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (January 28), and STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety awareness and education campaign led by NCSA and the Anti Phishing Working Group, with federal government leadership from U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information on NCSA, visit staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/.

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 40 members of staff, among them lawyers, technologists and social scientists.


P5, The Privacy Preserving Perimeter Protection Project, is a European and FP7 funded project for the protection of critical infrastructures to benefit the sustainability of society and future well-being of the European Citizens. Our vision is an intelligent perimeter proactive surveillance system that works robustly under a wide range of weather and lighting conditions. The system will monitor the region outside the security area of critical buildings and infrastructures, and give an early warning if terrestrial or airborne threats are approaching. The envisioned system will support, rather than replace, a human operator. A low false alarm rate from animals or other innocuous events, combined with high threat detection sensitivity and privacy standards, are central ambitions of the project.

PHAEDRA II project

The PHAEDRA II project, or Improving Practical and Helpful Co-operation Between Data Protection Authorities II (2015-2017), aims to identify, develop and recommend measures for improving practical cooperation between European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs). The project is focused on the challenges for cooperation arising from the reform of the European data protection framework and from the EU framework in force. It tackles three of the biggest challenges facing European DPAs: ensuring consistency, sharing different types of information (including confidential information) and coordination and cooperation regarding enforcement actions. Additional details available at http://www.phaedra-project.eu


TRIALOG is a consulting company which provides expertise for innovative technologies in embedded and industrial systems. We help our clients to manage increasingly complex software and systems in different areas (smart grid, intelligent transport systems, internet of things, mobility, ICT for ageing). We develop for them original solutions in engineering technology. In the area of privacy, TRIALOG provides consulting, support and tools for privacy engineering and privacy impact assessment.


The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) is an independent advisory body for the Dutch government. The task of the WRR is to advise the government on issues that are of great importance for society. The reports of the WRR are not tied to one policy sector. Rather, its reports go beyond individual sectors; they are concerned with the direction of government policy for the longer term.

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