23 October  2018

ICDPPC 2018 Side Event

Data Protection in Humanitarian Action 2nd Working Series

in association with International Commmittee of the Red Cross and Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Just over one year from the publication of the ICRC/Brussels Privacy Hub Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Handbook), this panel discussion will explore data protection implications of using new technologies in humanitarian action, take stock of the many developments that have taken place in this area since the publication, and present the launch of a new working series to address these developments, with a view to publishing a second edition of the Handbook.

The first working series brought together humanitarian organisations, the Data Protection Authorities and Privacy Commissioners of the Working Group of the International Conference Resolution on Privacy and International Humanitarian Action, academics, corporate entities involved as third party stakeholders, and civil society. The working series led to the publication, in July 2017, of the Handbook, and the Handbook quickly established itself as a very useful resource. However, data protection in humanitarian action is a fast-evolving area, with new technologies becoming increasingly relevant for the humanitarian sector and raising new questions as to how they can be adopted in emergencies in a data protection-compliant way.

There is therefore a need to bring together the same stakeholders that worked on the first edition of the Handbook to update it, to make it as relevant as possible in light of current needs in the humanitarian sector, as well as to ensure that humanitarian action makes the best possible use of technology without endangering the beneficiaries and the staff members of humanitarian organisations, and in full respect of their rights.

This panel will shed light on the ambitions and objectives of the second working series, including:

updates of existing chapters in light of recent practices in the humanitarian sector and developments in the regulatory sphere; •inclusion of relevant new topics and technologies not previously addressed, such as block chain, artificial intelligence, digital identity, virtual reality, connectivity as aid, etc.; and

integration of a new perspective on ethics and community impacts, drawing from the findings and with the contribution of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) Signal Program.

A summary of the event can be found here.


Yves Dricot, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Massimo Marelli, Head of Data Protection Office, International Committee of the Red Cross


Christopher Kuner, Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub


Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Global South Programme Lead, Privacy International


Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS

Stuart Campo, Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Christina Vasala Kokkinaki, Legal Officer, International Organisation for Migration

Stevens Le Blond, Research Scientist, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Time: 14:30 – 15:50 (refreshments included)

Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Venue:   Salle Orange, Palais d'Egmont,  Place du Petit Sablon, 8, B-1000 BRUXELLES

Registration: This workshop is free to attend but by registration only, please complete the below registration form.

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