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Max Schrems, known for his campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, will be speaking at Privacy Camp. Privacy Camp is a civil society meeting preceding the annual and world-renowned CPDP conference in Brussels. Other leading digital rights advocates speaking at Privacy Camp include Marc Rotenberg, Seda Gürses, Jérémie Zimmerman and Gus Hosein.

 

Max Schrems is worldwide known for being the initiator behind the Europe v Facebook (IVF) group that filed a privacy complaint against Facebook. The complaint ended up being treated by the Court of Justice of the European Union. On 6 October 2015, the Court ruled that the Safe Harbour framework, a EU-US agreement allowing US companies to repatriate European data, was invalid.

 

Privacy Camp is a so-called civil soiety warm–up for the Computers, Privacy & Data Protecion Conference (CPDP) of 2016. CDPD was founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University. It has since grown into a platform carried by 20 academic centers of excellence from the EU, the US and beyond.

 

The last conference of the annual event welcomed almost 1000 participants from all over the world, including more than 400 speakers. Its artistic and public side events such as the Pecha Kucha and an art exhibition, attracted an additional 500 people.

 

More information about the upcoming conference, that takes place in the Halles of Schaerbeek from Wednesday, January 27 till Friday, January 29, can be found on the website of CPDP.