Jan 2020 22 – 24

CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 13th edition of CPDP will be held on 22-24 January 2020 in Brussels. Dr Anja Kovacs will be speaking at the sessions on “explicit data flows: applying global privacy to extra sensitive data” and “data protection regulations in the BRICS”

CPDP is a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University. The platform was joined in the following years by the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique and the Fraunhofer Institut für System und Innovationsforschung and has now grown into a platform carried by 20 academic centers of excellence from the EU, the US and beyond. As a world-leading multidisciplinary conference CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry and civil society from all over the world in Brussels, offering them an arena to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.

CPDP is a conference about privacy and data protection. It offers a forum where different voices are heard and where positions are compared debated, approached or differentiated.

Dr Anja Kovacs will be speaking at the following sessions:

  • Thursday, January 23 • 16:00 - 17:15

Data Protection Regulations in the BRICS

Moderator: Danilo Doneda, Digital Ethics Institute and Member of the new Brazilian Data Protection Agency, BR

Speakers: Luca Belli, Professor at FGV-Rio Law School, BR; Sizwe Snail, Commissioner at Information Regulator of South Africa, SA; Andrey Shcherbovich, Professor at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, RU; Bruno Gencarelli, European Commission, Head of International Data Flows Unit at European Commission, INT; Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project and CyberBRICS fellow India

Even if data protection legal frameworks are quickly spreading, (at least 130 countries have a general legislation already enacted on that matter) and some principles and instruments seem likely to become international standards, their implementation has peculiarities and flavours that shall be taken into account. In BRICS countries, the very implementation of data protection legal frameworks followed very specific dynamics. In some countries, this process is not yet completed, in others, it has very distinctive characteristics, and in general, both dimensions deserve particular interest.

Considering the prominent nature of the regulators in this field (the DPA, or Data Protection Authority) and its centrality to the enforcement of the legislation and to international harmonisation, the panel will have a particular focus on Data Protection Regulators in the BRICS. Besides presenting the domestic data protection regulations, panellists will focus on the structure, characteristics and experiences of the DPAs or other enforcement mechanisms in BRICs countries, looking forward to identify and emphasise their nature and foster knowledge on their work.

  • Friday, January 24 • 14:15 - 15:30

Explicit Data Flows: Applying Global Privacy to Extra Sensitive Data

Moderator: Gloria González Fuster, LSTS/BPH/VUB (BE)

Speakers: Elizabeth Coombs, Chair, Thematic Action Stream Taskforce at United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy (INT); Anja Kovacs, The Internet Democracy Project (IN); Kelly Peterson Miranda, Grindr (US); Alexandra Geese, MEP (EU)

Data about sex life and sexual orientation are being regularly processed online globally. These data, however, are perhaps the most special of all ‘special categories’ of personal data, as even when the interested individuals might have consented to such processing for certain purposes, they still expect – and in some cases critically need – strict protection against other (mis)uses and data flows. Above all, some individuals might be particularly vulnerable to misuse, for instance, because of their gender identity. This panel will explore these issues, notably by asking the following questions:

Which are the key priorities and challenges for the private sector in this area?

How are the voices of individuals and communities taken into account?

Are legal frameworks and policies up to date with the significance of the issue?

Can global initiatives highlighting the importance of gender in thinking about privacy contribute to advance effective protection?

Please find the schedule for CPDP 2020 here