Žiga Bahovec

Žiga Bahovec (1965) is a lawyer (Law School, University of Ljubljana Slovenia). I have worked in the national central bank and public administration in Slovenia, before joining the European Commission. Currently I'm an Advisor in DG CONNECT, where I exercise the duty of the infringement coordinator.


Kirstie BALL

Kirstie Ball is Professor in Management at the University of St Andrews. Her research addresses surveillance and privacy in and around business organizations. She is co-director and founder of CRISP, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy. CRISP is a joint research centre between the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Stirling. Kirstie also co-founded and co-ran the journal Surveillance and Society and the charitable company Surveillance Studies Network, an educational charity which supports the journal.


Rita Balogh

Rita Balogh is part of Google's Public Policy & Government Relations team in Brussels, responsible for data policy. A Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E), Ms. Balogh has particular expertise in data protection. Ms. Balogh holds a Master of Arts and Law degree from the Eotvos Lorand University; a Master of International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a Master of Politics and Societies in Europe from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.



Rosa Barcelo works at the European Commission, in DG CNECT (Unit H4) where she leads the sector responsible for digital privacy and data protection. Tasks and responsibilities under this role include the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58), in particular monitoring transposition into Member States and legislative developments. Prior to taking up this job, Rosa worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor (2006-2011) and in the Data Protection Unit of the European Commission (2004 and 2005). Rosa has worked as a private lawyer in the Brussels offices of Morrison and Foerster and DLA Piper where she advised clients on European privacy and data protection, electronic commerce and technology law.


David Barnard-Wills

David Barnard-Wills is a Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research. His current work involves supporting cooperation between data protection authorities as part of the PHAEDRA II project, and research and consultancy on the social and policy aspects of information security and surveillance technologies. He is a political scientist by training, and holds a PhD in the politics of surveillance from the University of Nottingham. He has previously held Research Fellowship posts at the University of Birmingham, Cranfield University and the UK's Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. He has previously written on identity technologies, political discourse, privacy education and surveillance art. @dbarnardwills


Cathrin Bauer-Bulst

Cathrin Bauer-Bulst is deputy head of unit for cybercrime and child sexual abuse in DG Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission. Her unit develops policy, coordinates EU efforts and oversees project financing to more effectively fight cybercrime and child sexual abuse and exploitation. She also co-chairs the Commission's informal task force on e-evidence and the Public Safety Working Group of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee. Cathrin has a background in law and IT; prior to the Commission, she worked for an international law firm in Brussels and for an IT consultancy in New York. She is a fully qualified lawyer trained in Germany and France and holds a degree in history and literature from Harvard College.


Zsuzsanna Belenyessy

Zsuzsanna has been working for the European Data Protection Supervisor as a legal officer since 2006. She is providing advice to the European Parliament, Council and the Commission on new legislative proposals and cooperating with data protection authorities across Europe to help ensure a common approach. Prior to joining the EDPS, she worked in private practice on cross-border transactions in Brussels, Prague, Bucharest and Budapest (1995-2006). She also spent two years in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship (2001-2003) and was admitted to the New York Bar. Her main area of interest is seeing how data protection and privacy laws can evolve and remain relevant in the era of big data.


Bojana Bellamy

Bojana is the President of Hunton & Williams LLP's Centre for Information Policy Leadership, a preeminent global information policy think tank located in Washington, DC and London. Bojana brings more than 20 years of experience and a deep knowledge of global data privacy and cybersecurity law, compliance and policy. She has a proven industry record in designing strategy, and building and managing data privacy compliance programs.



Rocco is Post-Doc researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Visiting Lecturer at the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (USL-B). He has completed a PhD on the politics of data protection, in particular in relation to the deployment of security technologies. Currently, his overall research interest is to investigate the implications and effects of ‘governing (through) data’ in the production of the social, so to ground a critical reading of data governmentality on an empirical study of practices of social control and knowledge generation.



Ralf Bendrath hacked the Commodore C-64 in the eighties, studied security policy and information warfare in the nineties, and has been researching various aspects of internet privacy in the 2000s. A graduate in political science from the Free University of Berlin, he also worked at the University of Bremen, Columbia University, George Washington University and Technical University of Delft before moving on to Brussels. Since 2009 he has been policy advisor for Jan Philipp Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament. Since 2012 he is Albrecht's senior policy advisor and has worked mainly on the data protection reform since then



Colin Bennett received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor. He has enjoyed Visiting Professorships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of Law and Society at University of California, Berkeley, the School of Law, University of New South Wales and at the the Law, Science, Technology and Society Centre at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has written or edited seven books, including The Governance of Privacy (MIT Press, 2006) and The Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance (MIT Press, 2008), and policy reports on privacy protection for Canadian and international agencies. He was co-investigator of a large Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant entitled “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting” which culminated in the report: Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada. Through a new SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance”, he is currently researching the capture and use of personal data by political parties in Western democracies.


Vida Beresneviciute

Vida Beresneviciute (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights) is a member of the Agency’s Sectors: Statistics and Surveys, and Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: survey research management; social research methods, data analysis and quality. Before joining the Agency in 2011, Vida headed the Institute for Ethnic Studies in Lithuania, held academic research position at the University of Vilnius and worked on minority surveys, human resource development research. Her areas of work covered issues of equality, discrimination, migration, and development of the non-governmental sector.



Paul Bernal is a Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the University of East Anglia, and specialises in internet privacy – his book Internet Privacy Rights: Rights to Protect Autonomy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. His areas of research interest include surveillance by both government agencies and corporations, data protection, human rights and the use of social media: he is a prolific blogger (at https://paulbernal.wordpress.com) and tweeter (as @paulbernalUK). He is a member of the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing.


Laurent Beslay

European Commission official at the Joint Research Centre, in Directorate E on Space, Security and Migration since September 2011, Laurent works as Project Leader in the Cyber and Digital Citizens’ Security Unit. He manages research activities related to fight against cybercrime, biometric systems and privacy safeguards. From 2004 until September 2011, he worked as Coordinator on Security and Technology and scientific advisor of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in Brussels. He also previously worked, for six years, for the JRC - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) as a PhD candidate (Electronic surveillance: benefits and risks for the EU) and as a project officer in the field of cyber-security.



Karin Blumer completed of academic studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the Jesuit Faculty for Philosophy/Munich and authored two interdisciplinary PhDs on the ethics of animal research and the philosophical aspects of risk assessment. Prior to joining Novartis International in Basel in 2001 she worked as a freelance science journalist and policy advisor. In Novartis she held different positions in R&D policy, public affairs and science communication. Her current focus area is in the policy and communication around digital health and the responsible use of health data. Besides her work for Novartis International Karin Blumer is Co-Chair of the Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) of the Human Brain Project, a European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship project. She also holds an advisory seat at the US National Academies of Science.


Franziska BOEHM

Franziska Boehm is a law professor at the Leibniz-Institute for Information Infrastructure in Karlsruhe (FIZ) and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technologies (KIT). Before she was an assistant professor at the University of Münster (Germany). She mainly teaches IT-Law, IP-law, data protection and media law. She studied law in Germany and in France and holds a 'Licence en droit' (University of Nice, France), a Master in International Law (MJI, University of Giessen) and the German 'Staatsexamen'. After her studies, she completed her PhD at the University of Luxembourg in April 2011. The topic of her PhD relates to the EU-information sharing and data protection in the area of freedom, security and justice. It was published as a book by Springer in 2012. Her research interests currently relate to data protection, IP- and IT law.


Christian BONGARD

Christian Bongard is Coordinator for the Digital Economy at the Bundeskartellamt, the German Competition Authority. From 2014 to 2016 he was a Seconded National Expert at DG COMP. Prior to that he was a Case Manager and Rapporteur at the Bundeskartellamt’s division for telecommunication, IT and broadcasting media. Christian studied economics at the University of Bonn and the Copenhagen Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial organization from the University of Cologne.


Michał BONI

Michał Boni is a Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) and Supplement Member of Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Before being elected to the EP, he was Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland from 2011 till 2013. The host of the Congress of Freedom on the Internet, the organizer of the consultation on digital privacy and data protection, creator of the Governmental Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020, which aims to foster internet development in Poland, author of the report "State 2.0 - a new start for e-administration" and many other government strategic documents. Earlier Minister of Labour and Social Policy (1991-1992), and since 2008 the Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister (the Secretary of State 2008-2009 and Minister 2009-2011) responsible for preparing strategic plans of the government, such as "Report on Polish Intellectual Capital", "Returner. Navigation for returning migrants", "Poland 2030. Development Challenges" and "Youth 2011".


István Böröcz

István Böröcz is a researcher at the research group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS). He is a member of the Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments (d.pia.lab). István obtained his LLM in Law and Technology at Tilburg University (2016) and his postgraduate specialist diploma in information and communication technology law at the University of Pécs (2015). His research focuses on the area of privacy and data protection. István is interested in the notion of risk to the rights and freedoms of the individual along with the theoretical and practical issues of the DSM.


Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing and data innovation.



Valérie Bourriquen joined CNIL' privcay seals unit in 2014. She ihas been head of this department since july 2016.



Since March 2016, Max Braun has worked as a research assistant on Prof. Dr. Sabine Trepte's team at the Department of Media Psychology at the University of Hohenheim. He studied media and communication science at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Istanbul University and at Berlin Univesity of the Arts. In his research, Max Braun focuses on challenges for privacy raised by emerging media phenomena.



Paul Breitbarth is Nymity’s Director of EU Certification Research. He works from The Hague, the Netherlands. In addition to working with Nymity’s clients and prospects throughout the European Union, Paul is involved in two research projects aimed at GDPR process certification and demonstrating compliance to DPAs. Before joining Nymity, Paul served as Senior International Officer at the Dutch Data Protection Authority, where he was involved in a large number of international data protection related projects, including the EU data protection reform and the Privacy Shield.


Julie Brill

Julie Brill is Partner and the Co-Global Head of Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Ms. Brill served for six years as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. Before serving as FTC Commissioner, Julie was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. For more than 20 years she served as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont. She taught at Columbia Law School. She also was an associate at a New York-based law firm.


Maja BrKAN

Maja Brkan is Assistant Professor in EU law at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. She graduated in 2003 with distinction from University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and obtained an LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 2004. In 2007, she was awarded a PhD in EU law from University of Ljubljana. She also holds a Diploma of the Academy of European Law. Before moving to Maastricht, she worked as a référéndaire at the Court of Justice of the EU (2007-2013). Her research interests comprise EU procedural law, EU fundamental rights and constitutional law, questions of data protection and protection of privacy in an electronic environment as well as private international law and consumer protection law in the EU. She is a member of several professional associations as well as a fellow and a Council member of the European Law Institute.


Bert Brugghemans

I am the director of operations (COO) in Antwerp Fire Service. I am driven by organizing excellent operations and innovative crisis management. I learn, write and teach about (crisis) leadership, frontline command and intelligence.


Anna Buchta

Anna Buchta is the Head of litigation and institutional policy at the European Data Protection Supervisor. Previously, she worked for the European Commission, dealing with privacy in electronic communications and data protection aspects of cross-border data exchanges in the public sector. Before that, she worked as a researcher at ICRI, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT at K.U. Leuven and as a lawyer in Warsaw. Anna is coordinating the EDPS litigation practice, as well as the work related to the data protection reform. She has a master's degree in Law from the University of Warsaw and a LL.M. degree from the K.U. Leuven.


Fenneke Buskermolen

Fenneke Buskermolen works at the European Commission, in DG CNECT (Unit H1), dealing with digital privacy and data protection. Tasks and responsibilities under this role include the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58), in particular monitoring transposition into Member States and the review of the Directive.



Mr. Giovanni Buttarelli (1957) has been European Data Protection Supervisor since December 2014. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council on 4 December 2014 for a term of five years. He previously served as Assistant EDPS, from January 2009 until December 2014. Before joining the EDPS, he worked as Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority, a position he occupied between 1997 and 2009. A member of the Italian judiciary with the rank of Cassation judge, he has attended to many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.



John Byers is a Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, which he joined in 1999. He is also founding Chief Scientist of Cogo Labs, an ad tech incubator in Kendall Square, where he has held an executive role since 2005. Professor Byers's academic research centers on data-analytic and algorithmic challenges in two disciplines: the empirical study of Internet platforms and the science of computer networking. His recent research has been covered in the New York Times, The Economist, in TIME magazine, on NPR, and on Bloomberg TV. Dr. Byers received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley.



Lee A. Bygrave is Professor at the Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo. Additionally, he is a research associate (and formerly co-director) of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a member of the European Network of Excellence in Internet Science (www.internet-science.eu). He has published extensively on privacy and data protection law. His latest monograph in the field is Data Privacy Law: An International Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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