Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

The interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. LSTS has a well-established reputation in research concerning privacy and data protection, profiling technologies, ambient intelligence and ‘autonomic computing’ in a broader sense, but also deals with other research areas: the regulation of technology, the impact of security and crime-fighting policies upon human rights, the issues at the crossroads of intellectual property law, science and technology, the impact of profiling techniques and statistics on the law and the individual and with the participation of the citizens, civil society and publics, into science and technology policies (participatory Technology Assessment, rethinking representation). LSTS is the main organizer of the yearly Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) Conferences (www.cpdpconferences.org).

The research of LSTS in the fields of personal data protection, security and the right to private life will substantially facilitate the work of FORTIKA both at data protection and privacy as well as on criminology level. LSTS has successfully been dealing with privacy impact assessments of emerging technologies for several years now, developing and enhancing its methodology. Issues pertaining to big data, data controllership, information flows, security breaches and societal impact of new technologies have been at the focus of publications, conferences and research activities of the research group. The interdisciplinary nature of the research group activities together with the deep knowledge of the European legislation on protection of personal data, informational privacy and intellectual property rights will be fundamental for addressing such issues arising in the development of the FORTIKA platform and network.