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Dr. Joe Cannataci

He is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, where he holds the Chair in European Information Policy & Technology and co-leads the Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group (STeP). He is also the Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta and an Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Institute & School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University in Australia. Since 2015, Professor Cannataci has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Privacy. He was the overall co-ordinator for the SMART and RESPECT projects dealing with surveillance, and MAPPING dealing with Internet Governance. A UK Chartered Information Technology Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society, Professor Cannataci acts as Expert Consultant to a number of international organisations. He has written books and articles on data protection law, liability for expert systems, legal aspects of medical informatics, copyright in computer software and co-authored various papers and textbook chapters on self-regulation and the Internet, the EU Constitution and data protection, online dispute resolution, data retention and police data. His latest book The Individual and Privacy was published by Ashgate (March 2015). In 2002 he was decorated by the Republic of France and elevated to Officier dans l´ordre des palmes académiques. His pioneering role in the development of technology law, especially privacy law, and his contribution to the development of European information policy were cited as reasons for his selection as the recipient of such an honour. Professor Cannataci has held or currently holds research grants from the British Academy, the Council of Europe, COST, UNESCO and the European Commission, totalling in excess of 30 million Euros. He serves on the editorial board of six peer-reviewed journals.