pdpEcho is coordinated by Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna. Readers will find here news, comments and analyses on current data protection and privacy issues.

* Disclaimer: All the opinions expressed here are that of the author alone and they do not engage in any way any of her previous or current employers.

** Contact: gabriela.zanfir@protonmail.com.




Gabriela is a data protection professional. She obtained her PhD in law in 2013, from the University of Craiova, with her thesis “The rights of the person with regard to personal data protection”. In 2015, C. H. Beck published her book on the rights of the data subject, available HERE. She obtained the first ever awarded “Junior Scholar Award” at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels, 2014, for a paper in which she deconstructs the right to be forgotten into its prerogatives and she “reveals” that this particular right is present in EU data protection laws since the ’70s.

Gabriela worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels until June 2016, both for the ‘Supervision and Enforcement’ and ‘Policy and Consultation’ Units. Notably, she represented the EDPS in various subgroups of the Article 29 Working Party, being a member of the drafting team of WP29 that assessed the EU-US Privacy Shield. Gabriela worked on international data transfers, international relations, EU large scale IT-systems (particularly, the Schengen Information System), case-law overviews. She was a member of the Court team and she was part of the EDPS team advising the EU legislator on the GDPR.

Gabriela is currently based in Detroit, Michigan, sharing her time among several projects in EU-US privacy and data protection policy (EU fellow for the Future of Privacy Forum), GDPR compliance (Associate Director for Navigant Inc.) and research (Associated Researcher for LSTS, VUB Brussels).

Selective list of research results:

How CJEU’s Privacy Spring construed the human rights shield in the digital age“European judicial systems as a challenge for democracy“, Intersentia, Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 2015.

Tracing the right to be forgotten in the short history of data protection law: The “new clothes” of an old rightpresented at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference, Brussels, 22-34 January 2014. [ ~ received the CPDP Junior Scholar Award 2014]

Regândirea dezvoltării în generaţii a reglementărilor protecţiei datelor personale [Rethinking the generational development of personal data protection laws] , Revista Română de Drept European (Romanian Journal of European Law) [Wolters Kluwer], No. 1, 2014.

Forgetting about consent. Why the focus should be on suitable safeguards in data protection law, presented at CPDP 2013, and published in S. Gutwirth, R. Leenes, P. de Hert (eds.), Reloading Data Protection. Multidisciplinary Insights and Contemporary Challenges, Springer, Heidelberg, Londra, New York, 2014, pp. 237-257.

What Happens in the Cloud Stays in the Cloud or why the Cloud’s Architecture should be transformed in Virtual Territorial Scope, presented at the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Conference, 3-4 June, 2013, at Harvard University.

Consent in new EU DP framework: New approaches, Privacy Laws & Business (PL&B) International Report, Issue 122, aprilie 2013, pp. 28-30.

The Right to Data Portability in the Context of the EU Data Protection Reform, International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press), vol. 2, nr. 3/2012, pp. 149-162.

Big Brother in a Post-communist Era. Radiography of the Protection of Private Life in a European Romania”, Revue de Sciences Politiques, nr. 35/2012, pp. 330-351. Available HERE.

Invocarea şi aplicarea directivelor Uniunii Europene în dreptul intern (The claiming and application of European Union’s directives in national law) – an article published in 3 parts – co-authored with Mihaela Mazilu-Babel, Pandectele Române (edited by Wolters Kluwer Romania), No. 3/2013, pp. 82-102; No. 4/2013, pp. 88-110; No. 5/2013, pp. 75-96.

Curtea Constituţională a României şi procedura întrebărilor preliminare. De ce nu? (The Constitutional Court of Romania and the preliminary rulings procedure. Why not?), Revista Română de Drept European (Romanian Journal of European Law, edited by Wolters Kluwer Romania), No. 5, 2011, 82-97.


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  9. Dear Gabriela,
    Congratulations on this interesting initiative and the great content you always produce.

    We should talk one day.
    Lucio Scudiero


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