The 10th “Computers, Privacy & Data Protection” (CPDP) International Conference took place in Brussels from 25 to 27 January 2017. CPDP is a non-profit platform which includes 20 academic centers of excellence from all over the world. The conference gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry and civil society representatives, offering them an arena to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends regarding data protection and privacy.

“Information Infrastructuring for Disaster Risk Management” Workshop

CPDP, together with the FP7 projects  SecInCoRe, EPISECC (which includes IES as a member), SECTOR e REDIRNET, the H2020 project Broadmap, the PSCE, and the  Centre for Mobilities Research, organised a Workshop, called “Information Infrastructuring for Disaster Risk Management”. It focussed on ethic, legal and societal issues that emerge from information sharing during disasters.

The workshop, held on 26 January, gathered opinions from end-users, researchers, standardisation bodies and industries, which contributed to the creation of the ELSI Guidelines, a community online prototype of guidelines.



The Conference

The conference was divided into simultaneous panels in different rooms, so to cover as more subjects as possible. Uberto Delprato, IES Solutions’ CEO, participated as a speaker in two panels: “Research and the right to mine personal data” and “Designing for data protection in disasters“. The first panel analysed the use of data mining for finding information used in several domains. This tool, however, may have undesired consequences such the gathering of sensitive personal information about individuals. The panel discussed the impact of data protection on data mining, its main barriers and the ways to make data mining privacy compliant.

The latter panel focussed on the use of ICT solutions that include information sharing during disasters. Currently, ICT tools are vastly used for enhancing the situational awareness of the emergency managers and for organisational and tactical purposes: the increase of the information shared increases also the shared information that includes personal data (of the operators or of the affected people). This means that emergency responders carry a duty to ensure the security of these personal data, and ICT tools have to be designed to ensure a high standard of protection. The panel analysed the challenges of the coexistence of personal data sharing and disasters, the practical consequences of the legislative provisions and the other issues that arise from the processing of data about affected people.


Uberto Delprato during the “Designing for data protection in disasters” panel (source: Twitter – Catherine Easton) 

What:  10° Intenational Conference “Computers, Privacy & Data Protection”, “Information Infrastructuring for Disaster Risk Management Workshop

When: 25-27 gennaio 2017

Where: Bruxelles, Belgio

More info: (CDPC), (Workshop), (EPISECC project)