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Diana ALONSO BLAS

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Eurojust, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit
Data Protection Service
Data Protection Officer and Head of the Data Protection Service
Netherlands

Diana Alonso Blas, LL.M. in European Law, is the Data Protection Officer and Head of the Data Protection Service at Eurojust, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, in The Hague, since November 2003. In this capacity she played a crucial role in the drafting of the data protection rules of Eurojust. She has, according to article 17 of the Eurojust Decision, the task of ensuring the compliance with the data protection rules in an independent manner.

She studied Law at the universities of San Sebastián (Spain), Pau et les Pays de l'Adour (France) and Leuven (Belgium). Subsequently she followed a LL.M. European Law postgraduate programme at the University of Leuven where she graduated magna cum laude in 1993. From 1994 to 1998 she worked as research fellow for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology (ICRI) of the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.L.) where she carried out several data protection comparative research projects for the European Commission. In this same period she spent one year acting as privacy expert for the Belgian Data Protection Authority in Brussels.

In April 1998 she joined the Dutch Data Protection Authority where she was a Senior International Officer working under the direct supervision of Peter Hustinx until the end of January 2002. During this period she dealt with the international cases and represented The Netherlands in several international working groups, such as the article 29 Working Party and many of its sub-groups, in Brussels and Strasbourg. She was a member of the Drafting Group of the Consultative Committee on Convention 108 at the Council of Europe as well as one of the vice-chairs. She acted as data protection expert in official missions of the Council of Europe and was one of the driving forces of the Complaints Workshop for staff of the DPAs, leading their network for exchange of information on international cases and information requests from its start until she left the Dutch DPA to join the European Commission (1 February 2002).

From February 2002 to November 2003 she worked at the Data Protection Unit of Directorate General Internal Market of the European Commission, in Brussels. She was closely involved in the activities of the Article 29 Working Party and several of its subgroups as a member of the secretariat and was responsible within this unit for topics such as Internet, e-commerce, privacy-enhancing technologies, European codes of conduct, bilateral negotiation with several countries (including USA) and so forth.

She is author of numerous articles and reports dealing with data protection at European level in the first and third pillar and is often invited as speaker at European and international data protection conferences. She has also performed as guest lecturer at the universities of Tilburg (Netherlands) and Edinburgh (UK). She is a Spanish national and speaks five languages.

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