Data protection and ethics

Datum » 26 10 2017 (14:00 - 16:00)
Locatie » VUB Institue for European Studies - Pleinlaan 5 1050 Brussel

The European project is many things. Among these, it is an ethical project: the enactment of a certain number of core values in a changing material reality. Theses values are everywhere evoked in the principal texts of the European Union, and unambiguously supported by the Charter of Fundamental Rights and other key documents. Our digital age imposes technological novelty on European society at a break-neck speed, challenging the meaning and relevance of these traditional principles and values, initiating us to new applications and new invitations. Although this has always been the work of ethics, the velocity of technological innovation today creates the need for a more continuous and far-reaching ethical reflection on application of the European core values to the technological transformations of out time. In short, if we understand by ‘digital ethics’ a systematic reflection on the core values of the European project, interpreted and applied to a new generation of challenges to data protection and privacy, then our duties, while not more numerous, are certainly more pressing.

Professor J. Peter Burgess, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Københavns Universitet & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will give a keynote speech on “Data protection and ethics. Does more ethics imply more duties for controllers?” with a welcome from Dariusz Kloza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (d.pia.lab), Peace Research Institute Oslo and an intervention from Wojciech R Wiewiórowski, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

The event is being organised by Brussels Privacy Hub, in collaboration with Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments (DPIA-Lab).

The event is free to attend but capacity is limited, so registration is required. Note that coffee/tea is included.

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