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The Institute for Privacy Law, Data Protection and Technology (IPL)

The Institute for Privacy Law, Data Protection and Technology (IPL) has been established by the European Public Law Organization with the aim to advance and promote knowledge and policy in the field of privacy and data protection law, technology, society and fundamental rights.

Our vision is to cover a wide range of topics related to privacy and data protection law and technology and their normative and technical implications within a multidisciplinary research institute, combining law, philosophy, social sciences, public administration and management sciences sharing the expertise and experiences of legal scholars and privacy law lawyers, electronics engineers, information technology scientists and sociologists.

The Institute will use its knowledge and expertise to contribute to the improvement of legal policies and practices with regard to fundamental rights & Information and Communication Technologies by providing advisory, consultancy and educational / training services to legislators, organizations, public bodies and private enterprises.

The IPL constitutes an academically independent unit of the European Public Law Organization with operational autonomy and is under the responsibility of its President and its Executive Director with the assistance of its Scientific Council.

President: Lilian Mitrou, Professor at the University of the Aegean at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, Member of the National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV).

Executive Director: Nicolas Kanellopoulos, President of the Institute for Justice and Growth of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Attorney-at-law, Accredited Mediator.

Members (in alphabetical order):

  1. Evgenia Alexandropoulou - Egyptiadou, Professor (Law of Informatics) at the Department of Applied Informatics of the University of Macedonia, Director of the Interdisciplinary Master of Science Program “Law and Informatics”,
  2. Charalambos Anthopoulos, Professor of Law and Administration at the Hellenic Open University, Member of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority,
  3. Dimitrios Askounis, Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens,
  4. Dimitrios Gritzalis, Professor (ICT Security) Department of Informatics of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) – Deputy Rector of the AUEB,
  5. Stefanos Gritzalis, Professor at the University of the Aegean, Dept. of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Info-Sec-Lab Laboratory of Information and Communication Systems Security, 
  6. Ioannis Igglezakis, Assοciate Professor (Law and Informatics) at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Attorney-at-law,
  7. Maria Kanellopoulou - Boti, Deputy Professor (Information Law) at the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology of the Faculty of Information Science & Informatics at the Ionian University, Attorney-at-law,
  8. George Karvelis, e-Government Solutions Director of the Institute for Justice and Growth of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO),
  9. Socrates Katsikas, Rector of the Open University of Cyprus,
  10. Eleni Kefali, Justice Reform and Growth Director of the Institute for Justice and Growth of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO),
  11. Eleni Kosta, Professor of Technology Law and Human Rights at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands),
  12. Konstantinos Labrinoudakis, Professor (Privacy Enhancing Technologies) at the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Member of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority,
  13. Alesssandro Mantelero, Associate Professor of Private Law at the Department of Management and Production Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin. Council of Europe Rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence and data protection, 
  14. Fereniki Panagopoulou - Koutnatzi, Associate Professor at the Panteion University, Department of Public Administration,
  15. Evangelos Papakonstantinou, Attorney-at-law, PhD, Alternate Member of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority, Senior researcher at the Faculty of Law & Criminology of VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), 
  16. Michail Pikramenos, Vice President of the Council of State, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Political Science at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
  17. Pantelis Tzortzakis, former Deputy Minister for Electronic Governance.

Scientific Council Co-ordinator: Eleni Kefali

Initiatives

The Institute for Privacy Law, Data Protection and Technology has been included in the list of  "Early Supporters" of the initiative of the French Government under the title "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”.

This is an initiative undertaken by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with several governmental and non-governmental partners. It is a high-level political declaration which reaffirms some basic principles such as the applicability of international law in cyberspace and will allow all concerned stakeholders to signal their clear commitment to reinforce cooperation and increase both cyberspace's stability and our ability to prevent the most significant attacks.

The challenges related to cybersecurity are a top priority for the IPL. Such initiatives are contributing to increasing trust and co-operation among the various stakeholders (governments, private sector, academia, civil society) and are the only viable way to lead the world to an open, accessible, safe and peaceful cyberspace.