Brussels Privacy Convening Focuses on Empowering Vulnerable and Marginalized People, Launches New Project

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a global non-profit focused on data protection and privacy, and the Brussels Privacy Hub of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will jointly present the sixth edition of the Brussels Privacy Symposium on November 15, 2022. The in-person event will convene in Brussels, bringing together policymakers, academic researchers, civil society, and industry representatives to discuss privacy research and scholarship. 

In line with this year’s topic, “Vulnerable People, Marginalization, and Data Protection,” participants will explore the extent to which data protection and privacy law — including GDPR and other modern data protection laws like Brazil’s LGPD — safeguard and empower vulnerable and marginalized people. They will also debate how to balance the right to privacy with the need to process sensitive personal information to uncover and prevent bias and marginalization. Stakeholders will discuss whether prohibiting the processing of personal data related to vulnerable people serves as a protection mechanism. 

The event marks the launch of “VULNERA,” the International Observatory on Vulnerable People in Data Protection, led by the Brussels Privacy Hub and supported by the Future of Privacy Forum. The observatory aims to promote a mature debate on the multifaceted connotations surrounding the notions of human “vulnerability” and “marginalization” existing in the data protection and privacy domains.

“I’m excited to begin the groundbreaking and much-needed work we have ahead of us,” Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, FPF’s Vice President for Global Privacy, said. Zanfir-Fortuna is also a member of VULNERA’s executive team as a Scientific Coordinator, which is joined

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