Palais d'Egmont, Orange room

Co-hosted by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ICRC and the Brussels Privacy Hub.


  • Massimo Marelli, Head of Data Protection Office, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Yves Dricot, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • Christopher Kuner, Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub
  • Moderator: Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Global South Programme Lead, Privacy International
  • Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS
  • Stuart Campo, Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Christina Vasala Kokkinaki, Legal Officer, International Organisation for Migration
  • Stevens Le Blond, Research Scientist, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Just over one year from the publication of the ICRC/Brussels Privacy Hub Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Handbook), this panel will explore data protection implications of using new technologies in humanitarian action, take stock of the developments that have taken place since the publication, and present the launch of a new working series with a view to publishing a second edition of the Handbook.
The first working series brought together humanitarian organisations, Data Protection Authorities, academics, corporate stakeholders, and civil society. The working series led to the publication of the Handbook, which quickly established itself as a very useful resource. However, data protection in humanitarian action is a fast-evolving area: there is therefore a need to update the first edition of the Handbook.
This panel will shed light on the objectives of the second working series, including:
-        updates of existing chapters in light of recent practices and developments;
-        inclusion of relevant new topics and technologies not previously addressed, such as block chain, artificial intelligence, digital identity, virtual reality, connectivity as aid, etc.;
-        integration of a new perspective on ethics and community impacts, with the contribution of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) Signal Program.

A video was recently produced illustrating the launch of the new working series, it can be found here: