Event Partners

Event Partners are academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations who organise a CPDP2021 panel.

With more than 11,500 employees, AVL is the world's largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of all types of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell and control technology), their integration into the vehicle and is increasingly taking on new tasks in the field of ADAS/AD as well as data intelligence. Our pioneering spirit carries us into e-mobility, automatization and connectivity. Modern technologies bear modern risks. With our holistic approach for cybersecurity solutions we are covering the entire scope of the ‘secure car’ – from the moment of concept development until the end of the lifetime of the vehicle.

BEUC is the Brussels-based umbrella group for 44 consumer organisations from 32 countries. Our main role is to represent them to the EU institutions and defend the interests of European consumers. Our work involves making sure the EU takes policy decisions that improve the lives of consumers. This covers a range of topics including competition, consumer rights, digital rights, enforcement, financial services, health, sustainability and trade policy. We were founded in 1962 by consumer groups from six European countries. Nowadays our members are from all 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

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 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 Center for AI and Digital Policy aims to ensure that artificial intelligence promotes a better society, more fair, more just, and more accountable – a world where technology promotes broad social inclusion based on fundamental rights, democratic institutions, and the rule of law. Working under the auspices of the Michael Dukakis Institute and in collaboration with the AI World Society and the Club de Madrid, the Center will bring together world leaders, innovators, advocates, and thinkers to promote the Universal Guidelines for AI, the Social Contract for Age of AI, and the OECD AI Principles, and to explore emerging challenges.

CIPPM, the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management of Bournemouth University (UK), is home of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European intellectual property and information rights, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Established in 2000, the Centre has achieved international reputation for its empirical research and consultancy projects at the intersection of law and technology. As part of its mission, the Centre supports higher education programmes and vocational training in IP law and data protection.

Cité is a Research Unit gathering a community of 185 researchers from the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology and focusing on issues of “Governance, Justice and Society”.

CyberSec4Europe is a 42-month research-based consortium with 43 partners from 20 EU Member States and two Associated Countries. As a pilot for a European network of cybersecurity competence centres, it is recommending potential governance structures using best practice examples. CyberSec4Europe is addressing key EU Directives and Regulations and helping to implement the EU Cybersecurity Act including skills base development and the certification framework. The project demonstrators tackle cybersecurity challenges within the vertical sectors of digital infrastructure, finance, government and smart cities, healthcare and transportation. CyberSec4Europe is funded by the European Union under the H2020 Programme Grant Agreement No. 830929

DIGIACT investigates transnational forms of digitally enabled information control, surveillance and repression against political activists, journalists and human rights defenders from the Middle East and North Africa who reside in the European Union. The project will analyze how repressive regimes seek to disrupt the communications and control the activities of government opponents and critics outside their state territory. It also examines the impact of digital threats on the targeted communities of transnational activists, their strategies of resistance as well as implications for freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights. The project (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018, Grant Agreement 845988) is embedded in the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and led by Dr. Marcus Michaelsen.

Data Privacy Brasil Research Association produces research and advocacy at the intersection of technology, data and fundamental rights. Based on an Ethical Funding and Transparency Policy, the association develops strategic research projects in the protection of personal data, mobilizing knowledge that can help regulators, judges and legal professionals deal with complex issues that require in-depth knowledge about how social systems affect fundamental rights. The association is a non-profit civil society organization established in 2020.

The German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein – DAV) is the oldest independent and representative body of the German legal profession, democratically legitimated by voluntary membership. We are representing the interests of more than 160.000 Lawyers in Germany. Being politically independent, the DAV represents and promotes the professional and economic interests of the German legal profession. Founded in 1871, the DAV has today over 63.000 members organised in more than 250 local bar associations, including 13 local bar associations abroad.

The Digital Clearinghouse is a network of regulatory authorities from Europe and beyond responsible for the enforcement of consumer rights, with a focus on data protection, consumer and competition law. It aims to exchange best practices and novel ideas about how to protect individuals in the digital era, and to bring together different stakeholders involved in this challenge. The Digital Clearinghouse was established by the EDPS and is now run by the Universities of Tilburg and Namur with the European Policy Centre. It is funded by grants from the Open Society Foundations, the Omidyar Network, and the King Baudouin Foundation.

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 Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Fundamental Rights Research Centre (FRC) is a dynamic hub conducting research on a wide variety of topics ranging from human trafficking to data protection. Besides the fundamental rights expertise of its members, FRC centralises many European research projects that offer practical applications. Furthermore, FRC is the national contractor for FRANET, the research network of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Thanks to the projects constituting a privileged platform for academic cooperation, FRC is at the core of an ever-growing academic network, further fueled by the personal projects of its members, be it by international mobility or by their involvement in peer-reviewed publications.

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.

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.

iHub, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The iHub is a new interdisciplinary research hub on Security, Privacy, and Data Governance. iHub brings together a diverse range of scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, engineering and natural sciences to tackle urgent questions raised by the increased digitalization and datafication of science and society.

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.

The iSchool at Illinois leads the way in shaping the future of information through highly ranked programs, innovative research, and meaningful engagement. Our researchers address contemporary information issues in data science; human computer interaction; digital libraries; privacy; artificial intelligence; cybersecurity; bio-and health-informatics; information literacy; cultural analytics; youth literature, culture, and services; and more.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg conducts internationally competitive research on a wide variety of topics related to information and communication technology (ICT) with the goal of creating socio-economic impact. The centre counts more that 300 researchers from all over the world working on highly innovative collaborative projects with industry and the public sector.

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.

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.

The LCII is a research centre of the University of Liege (“ULiège”) created in 2013. It seeks to explore the complex relationship between competition and innovation in society, from both an economic and legal standpoints. The LCII benefits from the intellectual support of the network of experts active in the context of the LL.M in Competition Law and Intellectual Property of the ULiège. It also relies on a larger network of competition and innovation professional, built through the organization of regular academic activities in the past years, notably in the context of the Brussels School of Competition.

Making transparent the invisible surveillance (MATIS) is a joint project of the Free University Brussels (VUB) and the University of Luxembourg, co-funded by the Flemish Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek and the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche. The main goal of MATIS is to carry out a structured academic research that would justify (or not) the intrusiveness and outreach of digital investigatory measures. MATIS should measure the use and frequency of digital investigatory measures and thereby develop new, objective and quantifiable criteria for assessing the necessity and proportionality of such measures.

NIST is the United States national metrology and standards laboratory. It's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life.

The Nordic Centre for Internet and Society brings together a wide range of disciplines, methodologies, and viewpoints to analyse and understand the growing influence of digital technologies on working life and society. As an academic think-and-do-centre, we aim to bring together scholars and practitioners from Norway, Scandinavia, and the rest of the world to explore the re-invention of work and organizing in a digital, networked, and media-rich environment. The Centre draws expertise from different departments at BI Norwegian Business School, an independent, not-for-profit foundation, whose sole purpose is teaching and research in the business and management disciplines.

The Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, is the second-oldest academic institution in the world focusing specifically on the interrelationship of law and information and communication technology. NRCCL's main areas of research are data protection, information security, Internet governance, legal technology, electronic commerce, eGovernment, and media law.

PANELFIT (Participatory Approaches to a New Ethical and Legal Framework for ICT) is a H2020 project funded by the European Commission -GA 788039-. The project aims to facilitate the adaptation processes to new technical possibilities and legal frameworks with a set of editable, openly accessible guidelines; offering operational standards capable of reducing ethical and legal problems posed by information and communication technologies. PANELFIT consortium, coordinated by the University of the Basque Country, comprises ten other European partner institutions from different fields; from of technology assessment to university, academic research, citizen science, research ethics, data protection, media and IT consulting.

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.

SPECTRE (Smart-city Privacy: Enhancing Collaborative Transparency in the Regulatory Ecosystem) is an interdisciplinary project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders. It involves the collaboration of research centres within KU Leuven and the Free University of Brussels. The main goal is to explore the potential of using public procurement rules to incorporate a new method of collaborative smart-city DPIA. The proposed DPIA method will be participatory and consider socio-economic interests, aiming to go beyond the goal of mere legal compliance to an exercise that legitimises the use of technological innovations in city environments.

SSSA (www.santannapisa.it ) is a special Italian university (Grande École) devoted to applied sciences. Its LIDER-Lab (www.lider-lab.sssup.it ) has a long tradition of theoretical and empirical legal research, training and consulting coalescing in a cross-field approach attentive also to policy implications. LIDER-Lab coordinates the “Legality Attentive Data Scientist” (LeADS) H2020 research and educational program to train experts in data science and law and to develop a data science capable of maintaining its innovative solutions within the borders of law - by design and by default - while of helping expand the legal frontiers in line with innovation needs.

The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI) is an independent research unit at the Department of Law at Stockholm University, exploring the interaction between Law and Information Technology. The activities of IRI focus on both methodological issues and regulative issues, and the Institute functions as a meeting place for traditional legal studies, information science and information technology. While IRI is primarily a research organisation, it is also actively involved in community development and participates in various expert groups concerning the regulation and development of information and communication technology. Established in 1968, IRI it is one of the world’s first research organisations with this profile.

The VUB Chair ‘Data Protection On the Ground’ (DPOG) promotes the investigation into actual practices of data privacy in organizations and the dissemination of best practices. The focus of its research is on four sectors: smart cities, health, media, and banking. To this end, practices in public sector organizations are compared with those in the private sector, and organizations experienced in personal data protection are compared with beginners. The DPOG Chair is coordinated by the research center imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) in collaboration with research group LSTS (Law, Science Technology & Society) and supported by BNP Paribas Fortis.

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.