The Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) is a parliamentary group in the European Parliament. With 68 Members, ALDE is the fourth-biggest group in the Parliament. According to ALDE, the EU should become again a projection of our shared values: the defence of liberal democracy, fundamental rights and a European identity.
The protection of users’ privacy is an important property of smartphone apps. However, most apps do not honour the privacy of their users. Privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) provide solutions to address privacy risks. AppPETs aims to foster the adoption of PETs by encapsulating them in easy-to-use frameworks. Less data means less responsibility. Nonetheless, a framework on its own is not sufficient: Many PETs involve a dedicated server-side infrastructure, e.g., multiple, possibly non-colluding servers. Therefore, app developers who are willing to integrate PETs into their apps need access to reliable PET infrastructure services. We offer privacy-friendly services, where even the service operator has no access to user data. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
THE MOST WOW! MEETING VENUE IN BRUSSELS AREA 42 offers an experience in an “out of the box” meeting venue set in an inspiring chic and cozy location designed by a team of contemporary artists. With its dedicated original works, its designer furniture, its exclusive prototypes, its rare and prestigious materials, the venue has its own truly unique identity.
Assembly is a collaboration of the Berkman Klein Center & the MIT Media Lab. The program gathers technologists, managers, and policymakers to confront emerging problems related to the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence. Over four months, participants engage in a design-thinking process, a course led by Harvard and MIT faculty, and a collaborative development period to explore hard problems with running code. Assembly is currently in its third iteration. In 2017, the Assembly pilot program focused on the future of digital security. In 2018, the second cohort came together to tackle the challenges of artificial intelligence and its governance.
BBMRI-ERIC is a distributed research infrastructure for biobanks and biomolecular resources and consists of 19 Member States and one International Organisation. BBMRI-ERIC aims to establish, operate and develop a pan-European distributed research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources in order to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC operates on a non-economic basis. The activities of BBMRI-ERIC are politically neutral and guided by the following values: pan-European in scope, combined with scientific excellence, transparency, openness, responsiveness, ethical awareness, legal compliance and human values.
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) defends the interests of all Europe’s consumers and represents 43 independent national consumer organisations from 32 European countries. We bring consumers’ viewpoints from across Europe to the EU policy-making arena.
The Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab is hosted by the Institute for Information Law, at the University of Amsterdam. The Lab studies the societal impact of blockchain technologies from a law and policy perspective. It engages in research into fundamental questions regarding the development of blockchain technologies such as: How are blockchain applications governed? What internal factors contribute to the success of a blockchain application? How do different societal domains deal with blockchain technologies and their potential disruptive effect? What are the most important regulatory issues around blockchain applications, and what are our policy alternatives?
The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) 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. Current Hub’s activities include law enforcement and data access series, meet the author series, data protection in humanitarian action project, European data protection law summer school, LLM Data law option, working paper series and the visiting scholars programme.
The Business & Law Research Centre (Onderzoekcentrum Onderneming & Recht, OO&R) conducts high quality academic research in the field of business-oriented (private) law. The centre is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law of the Radboud University and a number of partners, consisting of renowned law firms, financial institutions and companies. The first objective is to conduct high-quality (inter)national research in the field of business oriented (private) law. In the vision of the Nijmegen law faculty, research and education are closely connected. The second objective therefore is the education of young researchers, practicing lawyers and law students in business oriented law.
Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS is a leading European think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, ranking among the top ten non-US think tanks in the world. With an exceptionally strong in-house research capacity and an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world, CEPS has amply demonstrated its ability to anticipate trends and to analyse policy questions well before they become topics of general discussion. The CEPS supports the dissemination of information and quality reflection papers and conferences to stakeholders and EU citizens. The Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Section studies topics related to the European Union’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) including the policy fields of migration, integration, asylum, fundamental rights, discrimination, citizenship, police and judicial cooperation, data protection and security policies.
The council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members states of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.
The CRIDES, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire Droit Entreprise et Société, aims at investigating, on the one hand, the role of law in the enterprise and, on the other hand, the function of the enterprise within society. The centre, based at the Faculty of Law – UCLouvain, is formed by four research groups: the research group in economic law, the research group in intellectual property law, the research group in social law (Atelier SociAL), and the research group in tax law.
European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an association of 39 civil and human rights organisations from across Europe. Our mission is to promote, protect and uphold human rights in the digital environment. We work to ensure the respect for human rights in European legislative initiatives involving digital technology, at the earliest possible stage of the decision-making processes in Europe. Advances in information and communication technologies have created new opportunities for the protection of human rights and democracy, but also new challenges and threats, particularly in the areas of surveillance and freedom of expression. Accordingly, these are among EDRi’s major strategic priorities.
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.
The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering. It is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, and it has three main missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. EPFL is widely regarded as a world leading university. The QS World University Rankings ranks EPFL 12th in the world across all fields in their 2017/2018 ranking, whilst Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks EPFL as the world's 11th best school for Engineering and Technology.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international civil society non-governmental organization with more than 39,000 members in 99 countries throughout the world. EFF is dedicated to the protection of individuals’ online civil rights, privacy, and freedom of expression. EFF engages in strategic litigation in the United States, and works in a range of global policy issues to promote and protect human rights, foster innovation, and empower consumers.
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. The Agency is actively contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the Union, since it was set up in 2004, to the development of a culture of NIS in society and in order to raise awareness of NIS, thus contributing to proper functioning of the internal market. ENISA works closely together with Members States and private sector to deliver advice and solutions. This includes, the pan-European Cyber Security Exercises, the development of National Cyber Security Strategies, CSIRTs cooperation and capacity building, but also studies on secure cloud adoption, addressing data protection issues, privacy enhancing technologies and privacy on emerging technologies, eIDs and trust services, and identifying the cyber threat landscape, and others. ENISA also supports the development and implementation of the European Union's policy and law on matters relating to NIS.
The European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC), at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law, offers a complete track of executive education to meet the needs of professionals dealing with privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. In order to support the development of education tracks, ECPC brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers active in areas of fundamental rights, data privacy, transparency and confidentiality, IT, data security, and more. Today’s professionals are required to deal with new regulations and ongoing developments in the privacy and cybersecurity market; ECPC is the place where they can create their own learning path and continue developing themselves in the fast-changing market where they need to act.
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is a world-renowned institution of research and quality education. In 2018, FGV was ranked as one of the top 10 think tanks in the world, according to the Global Go To Think Tanks Index 2016, produced by the Pennsylvania University. Besides being currently considered the 7th most influential think tank globally, FGV has been ranked as the most influential think tank in Latin America over the past nine years. Currently, FGV has 10 Schools and more than 50 Applied Research Centers in the areas of economics, law, business administration, public administration, social sciences, applied mathematics and international relations. The Center for Technology and Society (CTS) at FGV Law School is the centre responsible for conducting research on the impact of technology on society.
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.
Against the background of the regulation 2014/910/EU on electronic identification (eID) and trusted services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS), the FutureTrust project, which is funded within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) under Grant Agreement No. 700542, aims at supporting the practical implementation of the regulation in Europe and beyond. FutureTrust consists of 16 partners from 10 countries and is coordinated by the Ruhr-University, in Bochum Germany. FutureTrust will design and develop innovative Open Source components and services complementing the current eIDAS ecosystem.
The Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation at the Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid) was the first Chair created by Google in partnership with a Law School, in 2012. The Google Chair addresses questions around privacy and innovation that arise in our society. It is also a multidisciplinary discussion forum of international scope for professionals specialized in this knowledge and research area. Every year, the Google Chair organizes an International Conference with various national and international key note speakers and holds several Permanent Seminars that address the most relevant challenges and innovations in the field. The Chair gives annually a Research Prize to award the best research work related to privacy and technological innovation.
Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation. Now a dynamic university with four campuses, HSE is a leader in combining Russian education traditions with the best international teaching and research practices. HSE offers outstanding educational programmes from secondary school to doctoral studies, with top departments and research centres in a number of international fields.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1,200 active standards and more than 650 standards under development. Our standards drive the functionality, capabilities, and interoperability of a variety of products and services that transform the way people live, work, and communicate.
The research mission of iCIS is to improve the security and reliability of computer-based systems and algorithms through mathematically founded theories, methods and tools. On the one hand the applicability of the institute’s methods and tools is validated by tackling these problems, as encountered in society, industry, and other scientific disciplines. On the other hand, research problems are abstracted from concrete problems encountered in reality. Alongside its research ambitions, it is iCIS’ mission to deliver PhD graduates capable of working at the appropriate level of abstraction that allows them to keep an overview over developments, with the skills to extend knowledge boundaries, and with an analytical and critical mind-set.
Internet Society France (ISOC France) is the French chapter of the Internet Society, a global non-profit organisation founded in 1992. It promotes the open development, use and evolution of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure. Internet Society France advocates for an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy internet. One of the co-organizers of the French Internet Governance Forum, Internet Society France launched in 2017 the e-Bastille strategic initiative to mobilise and empower citizens to gain morecontrol over their personal data.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent regulator for data protection and information rights law, upholding information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
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.
PANELFIT is an EU Horizon 2020 project dealing with changes in the regulation of ICT research and innovation. It is expected that stakeholders, policy makers, and end users adapt to them as soon as possible. This, however, might be hard, especially for SMEs. PANELFIT aims at facilitating this adaptation process by producing a set of editable, open access Guidelines, validated by two data protection agencies. Once produced, they will serve as operational standards able to reduce the ethical and legal issues posed by ICT technologies while promoting innovation and market growth, enabling high-quality job creation and ensuring an adequate level of privacy and security/cybersecurity.
PANORAMIX is an EU H2020 project on privacy innovation aimed at providing privacy via mix-networks (mix-nets). The objective of the PANORAMIX project is the development of a multipurpose infrastructure for privacy-preserving communications based on mix-nets and its integration into high-value applications that can be exploited by European businesses. The three applications targeted in the project are e-Voting, privacy preserving statistics and messaging. Mix-nets protect not only the content of communications from third parties, but also obscure the exact identity of the senders or receivers of messages, through the use of cryptographic relays. Mix-nets are absolutely necessary for implementing strong privacy-preserving systems and protocols.
The Politecnico di Torino is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy in the field of education, research and technological transfer in all sectors of architecture and engineering. Politecnico attracts students from more than 100 countries and activates about 800 collaborations per year with industries, public institutions and local organizations. The Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP) at the Politecnico di Torino is the point of reference for the studies on the relationship between industrial production, innovation and economic environment, with a specific research group of legal scholars focused on law & technology.
Praemandatum is a privacy consulting firm dedicated to the widespreading of knowledge on data protection and IT security. Premandatum focuses on analysing customers‘ organisational structures and technologies and advise them how to build data protection accountability into business processes as well as customer products. For that we accompany technology development in order to integrate privacy into technology design from the very beginning. Beyond that we do seminars and workshops on how to cope with data protection risks in companies, universities and schools. Praemandatum is dedicated to put forward the protection of civil liberties, which is enshrined in our charter. At the moment Praemandatum is actively doing research projects on tools to enhance user control and transparency of data flow in the projects App-PETs and SmartPriv, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Privacy International is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in London, dedicated to defending the right to privacy around the world. Established in 1990, Privacy International undertakes research and investigations into government surveillance and data exploitation in the private sector with a focus on the technologies that enable these practices. To ensure universal respect for the right to privacy, Privacy International advocates for strong national, regional and international laws that protect privacy around the world. It has litigated or intervened in cases implicating the right to privacy in the courts of the United States, the UK, and Europe. It also strengthens the capacity of partner organisations in developing countries to identify and defend against threats to privacy.
Privacy Salon vzw is a non-profit organisation founded by Paul de Hert, Rosamunde van Brakel and Ulrich Seldeslachts in 2014. Privacy Salon vzw builds upon the wealth of experience and network of the interdisciplinary research group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the well-known Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conferences and the European Network of Security Professionals, Research and Industry (LSEC). Privacy Salon co-organises the annual conference of CPDP, as well as numerous public side events focusing on legal and societal issues posed by current and future technologies, including an annual art exhibition.
PinG is a professional academic journal specialising in privacy, data protection, and compliance. The journal provides an international forum on topics dealing with the practical implementation of corporate privacy as well as with new developments in data protection and privacy law. PinG is particularly interested in international submissions (in both English and German) that focus on issues encountered by practicing professionals but also welcomes work on the theoretical foundations of data protection and privacy. The journal is published by Erich Schmidt Verlag, one of the leading academic publishing houses in Germany. Visit us for more information and free trial issues.
Tactical Tech is a Berlin-based organisation working at the intersection of technology, human rights and civil liberties. They provide trainings, conduct research and create cultural interventions that contribute to the wider socio-political debate around digital security, privacy and the ethics of data.
The International Digital Cooperation - Enhanced Data Protection and Data Flows Project, sponsored by the European Commission, supports the EU’s dialogue and cooperation with its international partners. Through a mix of policy, research, and outreach activities with selected target groups, the project is raising awareness and building a greater understanding of the importance, principles, and enforcement tools of personal data protection legislation in general, and in particular the EU GDPR, and supporting increased dialogue and consensus between the EU and targeted countries on the need to promote greater convergence of data protection principles to build consumer trust and facilitate international flows of personal data.
The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is a forum of over 70 US and EU consumer-focused NGOs, created in 1998. Its mission is to promote the interests of consumers on both sides of the Atlantic, by exchange of information and best practices and by providing a formal mechanism for policy input on issues of common concern. The Dialogue’s extensive work in the area of Information Society aims to promote the recognition of consumer and privacy rights in the digital world. The Secretariat of TACD is based in Consumers International, the global consumer federation, in London, UK.
The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics is the largest European centre of research and teaching in computation, information and cognition. It was created in 1998 from the former Department of Artificial Intelligence, the Centre for Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science, along with the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute and the Human Communication Research Centre. Research within the School is carried out across six overlapping institutes; each of these manages a portfolio of funding and specialist facilities. The school’s fundamental strengths are in foundations, programming languages, databases, security & privacy, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing.
Part of the University of Helsinki, a top-quality multidisciplinary European university, the Faculty of Law is the leading Finnish institute of legal research and education. The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university to consistently rank in the top 100 of international university rankings.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Through tailor-made high quality research and education, VUB wants to contribute in an active and committed way to a better society for tomorrow.
Noyb – the European Center for Digital Rights is an NGO which aims at closing the gap between privacy laws and the reality of corporate practice. Europe already has stringent privacy and consumer protection laws but lacks effective enforcement of your digital rights. Our goal is to make privacy a reality for everyone through strategic litigation and enforcement.