25 June 2019

Meet the Author Series: The Right to Erasure: Safeguard for Informational Self Determination in a Digital Society? (Dr. Jef Ausloos)

Debate with the author of a doctorate thesis entitled “The Right to Erasure: Safeguard for Informational Self Determination in a Digital Society?”, written by Dr Jef Ausloos of the KU Leuven and the University of Amsterdam.

The author notes that the Internet – originally designed to make it very hard to monitor or control individual behaviour – has become the breeding ground for some of the most important information and power asymmetries of our time. One of the main elements enabling these asymmetries, primarily playing out between individuals and commercial entities, is the processing of (personal) data.

The thesis investigates the role of individual empowerment over personal data in countering power asymmetries online. This dissertation’s aim is to dissect ‘data empowerment’ in the information society through the lens of the right to erasure in Article 17 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The conclusion is positive: the GDPR’s right to erasure does play a meaningful role.

  • Hielke Hijmans, VUB and Belgian Data Protection Authority (Chair)
  • Jef Ausloos, KU Leuven & University of Amsterdam
  • Meg Leta Jones, Georgetown University
  • Thomas Zerdick, EDPS

Time: 12:00 - 14:30 (lunch is included)

Venue: U-Residence, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050, Brussel (Access also via Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels)

Registration: The event is free to attend, but due to limited capacity, registration is required. Should you encounter difficulties with the online registration, please contact info@brusselsprivacyhub.eu.


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