The Brussels Privacy Symposium: Agenda

Brussels Privacy Symposium

Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for

Anonymization and Pseudonymization

November 8, 2016 • Rome and Lisbon Conference Room

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel

Lower ground floor, Institute of European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussel 

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9:00 – 9:30


9:30 – 9:45 
Welcome & Introduction

Framing the Discussion

9:45– 10:30
Preserving the Utility of Data and Privacy of Individuals

10:30 – 11:30
De-identification Frameworks
Moderator: Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time (co-authored with Dr. Micah Altman, David R. O’Brien, and Urs Gasser)

The Anonymisation Decision Making Framework (co-authored with Dr. Kieron O’Hara)

The Two Dimensions of Data Privacy Measures

11:30 – 12:00
Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00
Risk-Based Approaches
Moderator: Rosamunde Van Brakel, Researcher, LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Seven States of Data (co-authored with Jules Polonetsky, Eloïse Gratton, and Luk Arbuckle).

Testing the Robustness of Anonymization Techniques: Acceptable Versus Unacceptable Inferences (co-authored with Gergely Acs and Daniel Le Métayer)

Notes on the Anonymization of Clinical Study Reports for the Purpose of Ensuring Regulatory Transparency (co-authored with Monica Dias and Frank Petavy)

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30
Fireside Chat: Policymaker Reaction

14:30 – 15:30
New Perspectives
Moderator: Ira Rubinstein, Research Fellow, New York University School of Law

Why a Systems-Science Perspective is Needed to Better Inform Data Privacy De-identification Public Policy, Regulation and Law

Tailoring Responsible Data Management Solutions to Specific Data-intensive Technologies (co-authored with Leticia Duboc)

Competition and Data Protection Policies in the Era of Big Data: Privacy Guarantees as Policy Tool

15:30 – 15:45
Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:45
Law and Policy 
Moderator: Dr. Christopher Kuner, Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub

The New General Data Protection Regulation – Is there Sufficient Pay-off for Taking the Trouble to Anonymize or Pseudonymize Data?

Anonymous data v. Personal data — A False Debate: An EU Perspective on Anonymisation, Pseudonymisation and Personal Data  (co-authored with Alison Knight)

Viewing the GDPR Through a De-Identification Lens: A Tool for Clarification, Compliance, and Consistency

16:45 – 17:00
Closing Remarks

17:00 – 17:30
Cocktail Reception

The Brussels Privacy Symposium was made possible with the generous support of

Lead Founding Sponsor Deutsche Telekom

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Founding Sponsors

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The Brussels Privacy Symposium is supported by a grant from the

National Science Foundation