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 

Presented By:


9:00 – 9:30


9:30 – 9:45 

Welcome & Introduction

  • Christopher Kuner, Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub
  • Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Ira Rubinstein, Research Fellow, New York University School of Law
Framing the Discussion

9:45– 10:30

Preserving the Utility of Data and Privacy of Individuals

  • Moni Naor, Technical Solutions Professor, the Judith Kleeman Professorial Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Dr. Claus D. Ulmer, Senior Vice President and Global Data Privacy Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG

10:30 – 11:30

De-identification Frameworks

Moderator: Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

  • Alexandra Wood, Legal Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

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

  • Mark Elliot, Chair of Data Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester and Elaine Mackey, Research Associate, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

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

  • Orit Levin, Principal Program Manager and Standards Professional, Microsoft

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

  • Khaled El Emam, Director, Real World Evidence Solutions, Privacy Analytics

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

  • Claude Castelluccia, Senior Research Scientist, Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (Inria)

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

  • Alessandro Spina, Data Protection Officer, European Medicines Agency

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

  • Omer Tene, Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Paul Nemitz, Director – Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
    DG Justice, European Commission

14:30 – 15:30

New Perspectives

Moderator: Ira Rubinstein, Research Fellow, New York University School of Law

  • Dr. Daniel C. Barth-Jones, Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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

  • Dr. Gemma G. Clavell, Public Policy, Eticas Research & Consulting

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

  • Mathias Cellarius, Data Protection Officer, Head of Regulatories and Processes, SAP
  • Nicola Jentzsch, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

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

  • Waltraut Kotschy, Director of Data Protection Compliance Consulting E.U., former Austrian Data Protection Commissioner

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

  •   Dr. Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon, Associate Professor, Southampton Law School, University of Southampton

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

  • Mike Hintze, Hintze Law Firm

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

  • Iain Bourne, Group Manager (Policy Delivery), UK Information Commissioners Office (Commentator)

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