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Maria Grazia PorceddaSocial Science

Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda is a Research Fellow at the School of Law of the University of Leeds.

11th October 2019 – Update Maria Grazia moved to Trinity College Dublin in September 2019 to take up an Assistant Professorship in IT Law

She specialises in information technology law and her research addresses matters of privacy, data protection, cyber security and cybercrime. She is currently researching the changing nature of cybercrimes caused by big data and the cloud, as well as the adequacy of the response by the law and the criminal justice system.

Maria Grazia is a member of the Europol Data Protection Network (EDEN) and has cooperated with the European Union Institute for Security Studies on matters of cyber security. She sits on the ethical advisory boards of the ERC-funded DomEqual project and the EU H2020 TRESPASS. In the past Maria Grazia was a Research Associate within the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the European University Institute, and the Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société (University of Namur). She trained on privacy and security matters at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, Paris) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS, Brussels).

Maria Grazia earned a PhD in Law from the European University Institute with a thesis titled “Cybersecurity and Privacy Rights in EU Law. Moving beyond the Trade-off Model to Appraise the Role of Technology”. Her early work was awarded with prizes by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Premio Ruffini) and the Italian Information Security Association (CLUSIT).

Book chapters

Maria Grazia Porcedda, “On boundaries. Finding the essence of the right to the protection of personal data” in Leenes, Van Brakel, De Hert and Gutwirth (eds.), Data Protection and Privacy: The Internet of Bodies, Hart (2018)

Maria Grazia Porcedda and David S. Wall, ‘Data Science, Data Crime and the Law’, in Mak, Tjong Tjin Tai and Berlee (eds.), Research Handbook on Data Science and Law, Edward Elgar Publishing (2018).

“Regulation of Data Breaches in the European Union: Private Companies in the Driver’s Seat of Cybersecurity?”, in Security Privatization. How Non-security-related Private Businesses Shape Security Governance, Carrapico and Bures (eds.),Cham: Springer (2018).

Conference papers (published proceedings)

Maria Grazia Porcedda and David S. Wall, “The chain and cascade effects in cybercrime: lessons from the TalkTalk case study”, IEEE conference Security&Privacy, 1st Workshop on Attackers and Cyber-Crime Operations, IEEE EuroS&P 2019, Stockholm, 20th June 2019.

Maria Grazia Porcedda, “‘Privacy By Design’ in EU Law. Matching Privacy Protection Goals with the Essence of the Rights to Private Life and Data Protection”. In Privacy Technologies and Policy, Medina, Mitrakas, Rannenberg, Schweighofer and Tsouroulas (eds.), 6th Annual Privacy Forum, APF 2018, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, v. 11079

Edited books

Elisa Orrù, Maria Grazia Porcedda and Sebastian Weydner-Volkmann, Rethinking Surveillance and Control. Beyond the ‘Security versus Privacy’ Debate, Baden Baden: Nomos (2017).

Other contributions

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Brexit, cybercrime and cyber security. From en masse opt-out to creative opt-in in the AFSJ and beyond? In Brexit and Internal Security. Political and Legal Concerns in the Context of the Future UK-EU Relationship. Carrapico, Niehuss, and Berthelemy (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan (2019)


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