GDPR and the effect on algorithms and security - Past Event

Part 1: Effect on algorithms:

The proliferation of automated decision-making in everyday life has been accompanied by a call to make algorithms accountable (Angwin, 2016). One of the chief motivations for accountable algorithms is concern over algorithmic discrimination, which occurs when an individual or group receives unfair treatment as a result of algorithmic decision-making, e.g. automated profiling. While the bulk of the GDPR is specifically focused on the ”right to protection of personal data”, it is also the first piece of legislation to address explicitly the effect of algorithmic decision making on the ”fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons” (art. 1(2)), including algorithmic discrimination.

Part 2: Effect on security:

Where processing is to be carried out on behalf of a data controller, the controller shall use only processors that provide ‘sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures’ in such a way that processing will meet the requirements of the GDPR and ensure the rights of the data subject. In addition, taking into account the ‘state of the art and the costs of implementation’, as well as the ‘nature, scope, context and purposes of the processing’, both the processor and controller must implement technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the inherent risks to the data being processed. This may include pseudonymisation or encryption of such data, ensuring confidentiality or an ability to restore the availability and access to data should an incident occur.


13h30: Registration and coffee

14h00: Keynote speaker: Joëlle Jouret, Legal adviser in Privacy and data protection for the Belgian Data Protection Authority: Roadmap towards May 2018 and vision on the impact of the GDPR on technology. 

14h30: Presentation of the Agoria GDPR Compass, by Thomas Van Gremberghe, Legal Expert specialized in data privacy protection and privacy at Agoria.

14h50: A business and technology-oriented view on innovating with (personal) data in the context of the GDPR by Dr. Nicolás González-Deleito, project leader in the Sirris Data Innovation group.

15h10: Industry case: Evolution towards more ethical algorithms within GDPR by Pierre-Nicolas Schwab, in charge of Big Data/CRM at RTBF.

15h30: Phonebreak & networking

16h00: The impact of the GDPR on data security, based on the findings of SeCloud project research, by Ioulia Konstantinou, doctoral researcher at the research group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) of VUB.

16h20: Industry case: GDPR – the implications of it in data gathering, data storage and data removal, by Erich Schnoeckel, Manager Accountancy Program at Exact Cloud Development Benelux BV.

16h45: Panel discussion with the speakers and questions from the audience.

17h15: Drink and networking

18h00: End


Free of charge for Agoria, Sirris, EluciDATA and SeCloud members.

Non members: € 75,-

Practical details:

Monday 26th June
From 13h30 to 18h00

BluePoint Brussels     
Bld A. Reyerslaan, 80     
1030 Brussels
(underground parking)

Registration link:

Contact: Caroline Mair via e-mail: or  +32 491 34 53 77





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