DistriNet R&D Bites: GDPR Compliance in Software, Systems and Services

Joining Business, Legal and Technical Perspectives

DistriNet R&D Bites is a series of informal evening sessions where industry and academia come together. Get invaluable insights into state-of-the-art technologies, latest developments and current best practices, while enjoying a bite to eat and a drink.

The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) strengthens and unifies data protection regulations for individuals within the European Union. Starting from May 2018, all companies operating within the EU need to comply. Failure to do so can result in penalties of 4% of their worldwide turnover. Despite the urgency of industry adoption, many companies struggle to grasp the concrete impact of the GDPR. Additionally, legal and technological support to implement the GDPR in practice are lacking.

What are the key changes compared to the current privacy legislation and how should we interpret these newly introduced concepts? Are there methodological approaches and principles to achieve privacy by design and data protection by design? What are appropriate technical measures to fulfill the GDPR requirements?

In this evening event, we approach these GDPR challenges both from a legal and technical perspective. Speakers from both academia and industry will provide their insights. Afterwards, you are invited to a networking drink to further discuss the topic.

Target audience

The event targets executive managers, business managers, business and system analysts, and software architects.

Detailed programme

18:00 – 19:00 Welcome food & drinks
19:00 – 19:10 Introduction
19:10 – 19:35 The GDPR: not your ordinary law – The 10 top things you need to know about the new EU data protection rules - Peggy Valcke (CiTiP, KU Leuven)
19:35 – 20:00 GDPR in Practice - by Jan De Meyer (PwC)
20:00 – 20:15 Break
20:15 – 20:45 Privacy engineering with LINDDUN - by Kim Wuyts and Aram Hovsepyan (imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven)
20:45 – 21:00 Panel discussion / Q&A
21:00 – 22:00 Networking drink

Event details


The registration deadline is 2017-02-20.


Peggy ValckePeggy Valcke
Peggy Valcke is research professor ICT and media law at KU Leuven, and visiting professor at the University of Tilburg. Her areas of expertise include, among others, fundamental rights of the digital citizen, data protection and media freedoms, data portability, right to be forgotten and privacy in electronic communications and social networks. Peggy has also served as an expert for organisations like the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the German Media Concentration Commission, as well as administrations and authorities in Belgium.


Jan De Meyer Jan De Meyer
Jan De Meyer is Director at PwC and co-driver of the cybersecurity practice in Belgium.
Jan has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cybersecurity. While he has a technical background, he focussed the last 10 years on processes, organization and strategy. He provides cybersecurity services for diverse customers, from SMB’s to multinationals, from private to private sector.
Jan cover’s all the domains of cybersecurity and is frequently asked to define strategies and roadmaps and to bring programs back on track.


Kim WuytsKim Wuyts
Kim Wuyts is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven (Belgium). She has more than 10 years of experience in security and privacy in software engineering. Kim is one of the main forces behind the development and extension of LINDDUN, a privacy-by-design framework that provides systematic support to elicit and mitigate privacy threats in software systems.


Aram HovsepyanAram Hovsepyan
Aram Hovsepyan received a Ph.D. in Engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium) on model-driven software development methodologies. He is currently a part-time postdoc researcher at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven. His main research interests lie in the area of privacy by design methodologies. Aram is also running a software firm specialized in developing custom-cooked software systems.

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