Protecting copyright versus protecting data: The two sides of Digital Trust and Identity

On october the 7th, two of our b<>com experts were in Brussels as part of the partnership with the Digiworld by IDATE institute, for an exclusive presentation highlighting the many technological, legal, and economic issues raised by data protection, the right to privacy, and copyright protection.

Gaëtan Le Guelvouit head of the Digital Trust & Identity lab, and Gustav Malis, a doctoral student, spelled out to IDATE members the opportunities for personal data protection and the threats faced by multimedia content and digital assets.

They described the current state of anti-piracy measures for digital content,  as well as the interaction between legal and technical means for erasing data.

This presentation came at a particularly charged time, not even considering the issues posed by the Digital Single Market, when the highest European court had changed the game just a few days earlier by requiring American businesses to follow the privacy law that covers European citizens (forcing those companies to rethink how they manage their users' personal data).


What options are available to someone who wants to exercise his or her right to be forgotten? How technically feasible is it for users to have control over their own personal data? What role might European lawmakers play given the major social and economic issues involved? What effects will connected objects have on our privacy, with 50 billion expected to be present in our everyday lives by 2020?

To try to get answers to these questions, b<>com set up the "Digital Trust & Identity" laboratory, which combines legal, technical, and economic perspectives in a unique way within a single team. One year after an x<>perience about the right to be forgotten, and one week after the especially well-received presentations to the major ICIP conference in Canada, the laboratory's research and innovation subjects continue to draw interest.