About this Issue

Around the world, policymakers are focusing on ways to improve privacy frameworks.  The approaches in the EU and in the US differ, based on different legal traditions and different values.  Still, there is significant common ground in the commitment to empowering individuals with respect to the collection and use of personal data, and to protecting people against harm from the use of their data.

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In the European Union, an effort is underway to harmonize and simplify data protection law while at the same time increasing enforcement against abuses.  This section of our website provides basic information and commentary on the current proposals.


December 17, 2015 | Kelsey Finch

New Swire-FPF Report: U.S. Surveillance Law, Safe Harbor, and Reforms Since 2013

In the wake of critical decisions being handed down by the EU concerning the Safe Harbor laws (Schrems case) and U.S. Surveillance practices, Professor Peter Swire and the Future of Privacy Forum today have released a report titled “U.S. Surveillance Law, Safe Harbor, and Reforms Since 2013.”

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What's Happening: International

Droit À L’Oubli: Canadian Perspective on the Global ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Debate
EU Policymakers and US Civil Society Groups Meet to Discuss Trans-Atlantic Privacy Issues
Chasing the Golden Goose: What is the path to effective anonymisation?
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March 30, 2017 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Chasing the Golden Goose: What is the path to effective anonymisation?

Searching for effective methods and frameworks of de-identification often looks like chasing the Golden Goose of privacy law. For each answer that claims to unlock the question of anonymisation, there seems to be a counter-answer that declares anonymisation dead. In an attempt to de-mystify this race and un-tangle de-identification in practical ways, the Future of Privacy Forum and the Brussels Privacy Hub joined forces to organize the Brussels Symposium on De-identification – “Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymisation and Pseudonymisation”.

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