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 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.
CDT is a champion of global online civil liberties and human rights, driving policy outcomes that keep the internet open, innovative, and free. At the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), we believe in the power of the internet. Whether it's facilitating entrepreneurial endeavors, providing access to new markets and opportunities, or creating a platform for free speech, the internet empowers, emboldens and equalizes people around the world. We work to preserve the user-controlled nature of the internet and champion freedom of expression. We support laws, corporate policies, and technology tools that protect the privacy of internet users, and advocate for stronger legal controls on government surveillance. Headquartered in Washington, with an international presence in Brussels, CDT works inclusively across sectors and the political spectrum to find tangible solutions to today's most pressing internet policy challenges.
Gathering five national consumer organisations (Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil) and giving voice to a total of more than 1.5 million people, Euroconsumers is the world’s leading consumer cluster in terms of innovative information, personalized services and defense of consumer’s rights. It has experience with both private enforcement (large class actions against Facebook and Volkswagen) and collaboration activities with global brands to the benefit of consumers. Euroconsumers’ organisations work closely together and with BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation, and Consumers International to ensure consumers are safe, that markets are fair and benefit from honest relations with businesses and authorities.
The Liga voor Mensenrechten (the League for Human Rights) is a Belgian human rights NGO, founded in 1979. The Liga argues that human rights ensure our safety and freedom. The Liga promotes respect for human rights and monitors human rights violations in Belgium via: ⁃ Awareness raising about human rights among the general public (eg. Human Rights Prize, Big Brother Awards, debates, media presence, workshops). ⁃ Advocacy work focusing on issues such as privacy, the balance between security and freedom, discrimination and detention. ⁃ Strategic litigation focused on the highest Belgian courts such as the Constitutional Court and the Conseil d’Etat.
Founded in 1901, the Belgian Human Rights League is the main non-profit, independent and non-partisan organisation fighting injustices and infringements on fundamental rights in Belgium. It defends and promotes human rights through a wide panel of actions, such as legal proceedings, advocacy, campaigning, capacity building and awareness raising actions.
The ‘Ministry of Privacy’ is a Privacy Foundation, which is battling huge privacy invasions committed by our governments and corporates, and raising awareness. We define four core tasks: to inform & raise awareness, to react to questions from journalists and citizens, to teach companies and institutions better privacy-practices and litigate when it is really needed. We are currently already litigating against the Belgian government, against the inclusion of fingerprints on identity cards. Privacy is so much more than law. Let’s make it attractive, and understandable.
Privacy First is an Amsterdam-based foundation with the aim to preserve and promote the right to privacy as a universal human right. To this end, Privacy First is active in the areas of political lobbying, legal action and litigation as well as public campaigns. Our core mission is to turn the Netherlands into a guiding nation in the field of privacy and data protection. For this purpose, Privacy First Solutions works with public authorities as well as industry. In addition, Privacy First organizes the annual Dutch Privacy Awards.
Besides co-organizing CPDP, Privacy Salon , organizes activities for the large public. Bearing the name Privacytopia, they take various formats, such as public debates, workshops, film screenings, and, most notably, art exhibitions and installations, targeting primarily the broader general public and aiming at raising awareness and critically reflecting about privacy, data protection, surveillance and other legal, ethical and societal issues raised by the emergence and adoption of technologies. An annual city festival around the themes of privacy and data use, with the same name, will be launched in Brussels in 2022.
visit.brussels is the Brussels tourist agency. Its mission is to bolster and spread the image of the Brussels-Capital Region. visit.brussels wishes to put Brussels on the local and international map as the capital of 500 million Europeans, the "world city" where 184 different nationalities mingle, making Brussels a cosmopolitan place with permanent links to the rest of the world. The website of visit.brussels has comprehensive information for everyone planning to visit the capital.