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Yordanka Ivanova



Yordanka Ivanova is a joint PhD candidate in the Law Faculty of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Bulgaria) and Vrije University Brussels (VUB). The topic of her phd thesis is on the GDPR and its interaction with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, examining in particular the challenged posed by these new technologies to the data subjects’ fundamental rights and freedoms and the (in)compatibility of their use with the core data processing principles (e.g. fairness, minimization, purpose limitation, accountability etc.).

Yordanka holds master degrees in Law and International relations from Sofia University (Bulgaria) and a summa cum laude LLM degree in EU Law from Leiden University (the Netherlands). In addition to the research work, she is also acting as an attorney-at-law in Bulgaria, working in the field of EU regulations, in particular data protection, information security, digital single market, intellectual property, financial services, etc. She has also worked for four years as a policy officer in the European Commission and has done a number of internships, including with the Court of Justice of the EU.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan, 2
1050 Brussels