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Every year, in the final week of January, privacy professionals from around the world assemble in the north of Brussels for the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference. In recent years, on the final day, the European Data Protection Law Review awards a young scholar award and hosts a panel to discuss the nominated papers.

In this episode of Serious Privacy, Paul Breibarth and K Royal host the third of this year’s three finalists for the EDPL Award. Please join us for a conversation with Katherine Quezada Tavárez, a legal researcher at KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) and LLM graduate of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, but also holds a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, her mother country.

Katherine wrote her paper on the Impact of the Right of Access in the Balance between Security and Fundamental Rights, not just focusing on the GDPR, but also on the EU’s Law Enforcement Directive and the so-called PNR Directive (Passenger Name Record), on the collection and use of traveller’s data for law enforcement and counter terrorism purposes.

Join us as we discuss the rights individuals have to data held by law enforcement and why it is important that people know of these rights. Katherine provides some examples of how individuals may be impacted by incorrect information – which as you can imagine, could have disastrous consequences. Her main focus is on balancing the needs of the community (law enforcement) with the needs of the individual. Along the way, we also touch on Malta, the Dominican Republic, and FOIA (Freedom of Information Act in the U.S.). This week’s episode can be heard on our website or streamed below.

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