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Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda

Research Fellow; Cyber crime and Privacy Expert
University of Leeds (Confirmed)

Dr Porcedda conducts research on cybercrime, privacy and data protection in the context of the CRITiCaL project funded by the EPSRC. Before joining the University of Leeds, she was a Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS, 2016-2017) and at the Department of Law of the European University Institute (EUI, 2012-2015). She previously worked at the Research Centre in Information, Law and Society (CRIDS, 2010-2011). She trained in the legal and societal matters of privacy, data protection and information security at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2011) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS, 2009). In 2017 Maria Grazia was invited by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) to teach classes on law and technology. In 2017/2018, she served as an international expert for the European Union Institute for Security Studies' Cyber Capacity Building Task Force, which advised the European Commission (DG DEVCO) on promoting a strategic approach and understanding of cyber capacity building among EU stakeholders. She is a member of Europol’s Data Experts Network, and advisory board member for data protection matters of the ERC-funded DomEqual Project.

  • How can the need for data privacy and digital transformation be balanced?
  • How can increasingly divergent and potentially conflicting rules and regulatory systems be navigated?
  • How can organisations bring data protection & ePrivacy to the forefront of the workplace?
  • How can the e-Privacy Directive, eIDAS Regulation, GDPR, NIS Directive, PSD2 help to prevent or mitigate data breaches?
  • As the volume and value of personal data held by organisations continues to grow, how can organisations manage issues of trust and transparency?
  • Privacy after Brexit: What are the risks of increasingly strict data localisation requirements?