European Data Protection: Coming of Age

On 25 January 2012, the European Commission presented its long awaited new “Data protection package”. With this proposal for a drastic revision of the data protection framework in Europe, it is fair to say that we are witnessing a rebirth of European data

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Serge Gutwirth • Ronald Leenes • Paul de Hert Yves Poullet Editors

European Data Protection: Coming of Age

Editors Serge Gutwirth Faculty of law and criminology Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) Vrije universiteit Brussel Belgium Paul de Hert Faculty of law and criminology Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) Vrije universiteit Brussel Belgium

Ronald Leenes TILT Tilburg University Tilburg, The Netherlands Yves Poullet Research Centre for Information Technology & Law University of Namur Namur, Belgium

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The present book is one of the results of the 5th edition of the yearly Brussels based international conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2012 – CPDP2012. Held on 25, 26 and 27 January 2012 under the title European Data Protection: Coming of Age the conference welcomed 692 participants at the venue, while another 500 people were reached through free public events organized in the evenings. The 3 day conference offered participants 25 panels and several works