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CPDP2022 Opening Event: Vulnerable Individuals in the age of AI regulation

Location: Area 42, Rue des Palais 46, 1030, Brussels
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Defining and protecting individual vulnerabilities is a relevant challenge in the data protection field. In the GDPR the definition of “vulnerable” data subjects refers explicitly only to children, but the EDPS has often clarified that any situation of imbalance could bring to data subjects’ vulnerability: this includes cognitive issues, social and economic conditions, but also strongly asymmetric relationship (users of social media, employees vs. their employers, patients in hospitals, etc.).

The Artificial Intelligence Act is taking this challenge into account, proposing to prohibit the exploitation of some forms of vulnerability (based on age, disability or – in the Council version – even economic and social conditions), but it is very limited. However, the general definition of vulnerability proposed at Article 7 as based on a power, informational or social imbalance seems very meaningful.

The CPDP opening panel will be the opportunity to launch the “International Observatory on Vulnerable Individuals in Data protection” (IOVID), an interinstitutional project, with the aim of promoting a multi-stakeholder discussion between scholars, activists, industries and institutions on the definition and protection of vulnerable data subjects across the world.


Mireille Hildebrandt - VUB, BE 

Louisa Klingvall - EC 

Gabriela Zanfir Fortuna - FPF, US

Ivana Bortoletti - UniOxford, UK

Brando Benifei - EP, EU, TBI

The Panel will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Gianclaudio Malgieri - VUB/EDHEC, FR.

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