A highlight of my career is that my boutique law firm is best known for handling demanding and sophisticated privacy matters. Together with my fellow partners we are involved in many enforcement actions that affect the way how the GDPR is applied by data protection authorities.
Data differs from other practice areas as personal data is used in many business areas, which is why we advise at the interface with many practice areas. Considering the rapid development of new technologies (eg wearable AI), where the processing of personal data is a key element, we are engaged at an early stage of many new processes, business development and new technologies.
The biggest challenge right now from a data protection perspective is finding the way to legally transfer personal data to the US and other non-EU countries. In addition, all new technologies that use artificial intelligence pose a challenge to privacy lawyers to make sure that all personal data protection requirements are met.
To adapt to the challenge of advising on personal data transfers to the US, we focus on case-by-case analysis which allows us to find tailor-made solutions. When advising on privacy design in new technology using AI, we work closely with the business to understand their needs and explain any restrictions on the use of new technologies that result from privacy laws.
An emerging trend I am currently following is the developing convergence of data protection and cybersecurity law as well as data protection and copyright law (EU Digital Services Act and EU Digital Markets Act).
In terms of the biggest challenges to gender equity in the field, I do not see the gender gap as the issue. My boutique law firm is a good example of how female professionals can meet their objectives and goals. Women lawyers are highly valued in our law firm, and we all feel equally treated.
A piece of advice would you give aspiring data lawyers and professionals is to do the job that you love. Our work is often stressful and demanding but if you are passionate in this area, your effort will be rewarded.