RESEARCH GROUP ON LAW, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), created in 2003, is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. LSTS’s core expertise is legal, but it also has a strong track record in legal theory, philosophy of sciences and bio-ethics, and it engages in criminological (surveillance & security) and STS-research too. In broad terms: LSTS’s main challenge is to (re)think the constitutive principles of democracy and the rule of law (including principles as precaution, participation, accountability and responsibility) in relation to contemporary scientific and technological developments that seem to confront citizens with irreversible decision-making processes with a major impact on their lives. More details can be found on its website at www.vub.ac.be/LSTS
Paul De Hert is professor of law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is the Director of the research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC) and senior member of the research group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS). Paul De Hert holds a position as an associate professor. He also teaches a course on ‘Privacy & Data Protection’ in the renowned Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University.
Dariusz (Darek) Kloza, LLM is a researcher at the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology, and Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) as well as at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). His expertise concentrates on the governance of privacy and personal data protection, in particular on the notion of impact assessments for emerging technologies. To that end, he has been involved in a number of EU co-funded research project, such as PIAF, ADVISE, EPINET, PHAEDRA, LASIE, FORENSOR. He holds both an LLM in Law and Technology (2010) from the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University (with distinction) and a master degree in law from the University of Białystok (2008).
Antonella Galetta is a PhD candidate and researcher at VUB Faculty of Law and Criminology’s LSTS. Her research interests focus on law, privacy, data protection, technology and surveillance. She has been doing research in the framework of the FP7 Project IRISS (2012-2015). She holds a BA in law (University of Macerata), a MA in European and international studies (University of Trento), and a MA in international relations (University of Bologna). She has had working experiences at the European Parliament and European NGOs.
Vagelis Papakonstantinou is a co-founder of MPlegal Law Firm in Athens and a researcher at the Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has graduated from the Athens Law School (LLB), Strathclyde University (LLM) and Frankfurt University (Dr. Jur.). He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Patras and as an academic assistant at the International Hellenic University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several sociétés anonymes, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Copyright Organisation (for a second term). Vagelis Papakonstantinou has extensive theoretical and practical experience in all fields of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law, is the author of several books and articles with Greek and international publishers and frequently consults the Greek government in the related fields.
TRILATERAL RESEARCH & CONSULTING is a London-based limited liability partnership. It specialises in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, privacy, data protection, surveillance and security issues. It has initiated and organised numerous consortia which have undertaken projects for the European Commission, including the PHAEDRA project. Other FP6 and FP7 projects in which it has been a partner include STARC (Stakeholders and Risk Communications), SWAMI (Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence), PRITUIS (Privacy and Trust in the Information Society), SENIOR (privacy, ethical issues and senior citizens), BRAID (a roadmap and stakeholder engagement mechanism), PRESCIENT (privacy and ethics in emerging technologies), PIAF (Privacy Impact Assessment Framework), SAPIENT (surveillance impact assessment), ETTIS (foresight and security) IRISS (surveillance and resilience). New projects starting in 2013 include ASSERT (social impact assessment) and RECODE (open access to scientific data). Trilateral has also undertaken a major study on privacy impact assessment and risk management for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the first half of 2013. The partnership was created in October 2004. More details can be found on its website at www.trilateralresearch.com.
David Wright, Trilateral founder and managing partner, has initiated, organised and participated in several successful consortia in the European Commission’s Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP5, FP6, FP7). He has participated in four ENISA expert groups developing scenarios and assessing risks associated with e-health, the Internet of Things and air travel, cloud computing, and privacy and trust. His most recent book is Privacy Impact Assessment, co-edited with Paul De Hert, and published by Springer in 2012. He has authored many papers in peer-reviewed journals on privacy, data protection, surveillance, ethics and inclusion.
Kush Wadhwa, Senior Partner of Trilateral Research & Consulting, provides advisory services with respect to emerging technologies in Security, ICT, and Health, focusing upon issues of strategic policy development related to privacy and data protection, socio-economic issues, and inclusion. He participates in research affecting the future direction of security and surveillance technologies, assistive technologies, and emerging technologies and applications (e.g., ubiquitous computing, robotics, big data, mobile health). He is a member of Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) COST Action, Working Group 3 (Business of Surveillance) and of ISACA. He has significant expertise in the areas of privacy and data protection, with numerous publications particularly related to the topic of privacy impact assessment and has participated in a number of European projects on related topics. He serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology.
David Barnard-Wills, Senior Research Analyst. He has a PhD in politics from the University of Nottingham in 2009, and has previously been a Research Fellow at Cranfield University, the University of Birmingham, and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. His research interests include the politics of surveillance, identity, technology and security. For Trilateral, he has recently completed projects on societal impact assessment in security research, and security threats in smart homes. He has published 14 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals as well as book chapters, reviews and reports.
Generalny Inspektor Ochrony Danych Osobowych (GIODO) is the Polish public entity responsible for ensuring the compliance of data protection legislation on the part of those responsible for the files (public, private companies, associations, etc.) and for monitoring its implementation, especially with regard to the rights of information, access, rectification, opposition and cancellation of personal data. Provisions on data protection are provided on the Act of 29 August 1997 on the Protection of Personal Data. More details can be found on its website at www.giodo.gov.pl.
Urszula Góral graduated from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration. She also completed Postgraduate European Studies at University of Warsaw and Extramural Doctor Studies at the same University. Since 2007 she has been Director of the Social Education and International Co-operation Department in the Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection. She attends numerous conferences and seminars on privacy and data protection and participates in the works of personal data protection institutions in the EU, e.g. the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, Council of Europe (T-PD Consultative Committee).
Piotr Drobek graduated from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration in 2000. Then he worked in several departments of the Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection. At present, he is a deputy director of the Social Education and International Co-operation Department. He is a member of the Join Supervisory Body Europol and Vice Chair of the Joint Supervisory Authority Customs (since October 2012).
Beata Batorowicz graduated from the University of Lodz, Faculty of Economics and Sociology. She has been teaching at the University of Lodz and several high schools, and has been working in the public and business sectors. She has been involved in several EU-founded projects mainly under the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes and the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). Her scope of interest covers science, Research & Development (R&D) policy, innovation policy, science communication and project management.
Paweł Makowski graduated from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration. Since 2010 he has been working as the assistant to Inspector General for Personal Data Protection. At present, he is a deputy director of the Social Education and International Co-operation Department. He has expertise in data protection issues related to organisational development, public awareness raising and public policy of the DPA.
Anna Dudkowska graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. She also completed Postgraduate European Union and Public Administration in the EU Studies at Warsaw School of Economics. Since 2007 she has been working in the Social Education and International Co-operation Department in the Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection where she has been involved in the activities related to raising awareness in the field of data protection as well as in the international matters.
Maciej Kawecki graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration in 2011. He also completed exchange programms at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Stockholms Universitet and Postgraduate Studies at European Academy of Diplomacy. At present, he is a chief specialist in the Social Education and International Co-operation Department in the Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection and researcher at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration.
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I of Castellón (Spain) is a public institution of higher education and research, founded in 1991, which aims to develop social, economic and cultural development of society through the creation and transmission of knowledge. The department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law and Economics has a research group on Human Rights and Fundamental Rights which is developing research on observance and effectiveness of human rights and liberties. Some of its members follow a specialised line on the right of data protection. More details can be found on its website at www.uji.es.
Artemi Rallo is Full professor of Constitutional Law at the Jaume I University. He was Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (2007-2011), Deputy Chair of the Article 29 Working Party (2010-2011) and Chair of the Data Protection Latin American Network (2009-2010).
Rosario García is Full professor of Constitutional Law at the Jaume I University. She was Director of Internal Policy (Electoral and Asylum Office) at the Spanish Ministry of Homeland Security (2004-2008) and Member of the Spanish Electoral Central Board (2008-2012).
Cristina Pauner is professor of Constitutional Law at University Jaume I. She has been principal researcher in a project on “Democracy and data protection: personal privacy before the Public Administration”.
Beatriz Tomás is professor of Constitutional Law at University Jaume I. Her current research priorities are focused on the Proposal of European Data Regulation.
Jorge Viguri is pre-doctoral researcher in Constitutional Law at University Jaume I and he is also participating in the FP7 Project CRISP.