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Our society in the age of data

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9 May 2022




21:00 (more or less) 

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Marcel Bike Café

Avenue Albert 7, 1190 Forest





Doors open at 19:00, please don't hesitate to come a bit earlier to get a nice seat.


What data protection can do for you: Learning to appreciate the General Data Protection Regulation

Laura Drechsler

Assistant Professor at the Centre for IT & IP Law at KU Leuven

Researcher at the State Archives of Belgium
Lecturer at the Open Universiteit

Personal data are all around us. Within the European Union (EU), the law has recognized that the use of personal data creates problems, and therefore offers protection, for example via the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is however often considered as tedious and difficult. In my talk I want to demonstrate that the GDPR offers important protection to our constitutional rights, while also giving us options to take back control of our personal data.

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The Mythical Mr. Average: a tale of personal data and information accessibility

Olga Gkotsopoulou

PhD Researcher

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Data protection notices and cookie banners accompany digital products, apps and services we use every day. Most people quickly skim through and click ‘I agree’ or ‘Next’. But do you ever wonder what you just agreed to? Information provided in this context is crucial to help us make informed decisions about our personal data, but is often regarded as obscure, difficult to understand and rarely in line with accessibility requirements. In this talk, we are going to discuss information accessibility as prerequisite for transparency to allow us exercise our rights at an equal and inclusive manner.

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