The European Legal Framework for Data Protection: an introduction to the processing of personal data and the new regime regarding the retention of traffic and location data
Speaker: Eleni Kosta
Date: 27 September 2007 Time: 15:00-16:00
Location: "Mediterranean Studies" Seminar Room, FORTH. Heraklion, Crete.
Host: Euaggelos Markatos


For many computer scientists, the law is often viewed as a hindrance to technological developments. This view may be contrasted to that of the researchers within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI), who view law as an enabler for legally compliant technological developments.

The objective of this talk is to present the general framework that has to be respected at European level, when processing of personal data is taking place during the development of an application or a system.

The presentation is structured in two parts, and commences with a short presentation of the legal framework on privacy and data protection, mainly in the field of electronic communications. Our attention will mainly focus on the basic principles that have to be respected, the obligations of the developer of the system in order to follow the "privacy and security by design" model and the rights of the data subject. The second part of the presentation focuses on the recent European legislation on the retention of traffic and location data, and in doing so, articulates issues of major importance to providers of electronic communications and networks.


Eleni Kosta joined ICRI as a legal researcher in August 2005, where she conducts research in the field of privacy and identity management, specialising in the area of electronic communications and new technologies.

Her current research projects include the European Project Privacy and Identity Management for Europe (PRIME) and the Network of Excellence Future of Identity in the Information Society (FIDIS).

Eleni obtained her law degree at the University of Athens in 2002 (magna cum laude) and in 2004 she obtained at the same University a Masters degree in Public Law (summa cum laude). In the academic year 2004-2005 she attended the Postgraduate Study Programme in Legal Informatics (Rechtsinformatik) of the University of Hanover (EULISP) with a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and she obtained her LLM (magna cum laude).

Eleni is preparing a PhD at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven on "Consent as a legitimate ground for data processing in electronic communications", under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jos Dumortier.

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