Lina joined a PhD program at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in September 2016. Her PhD research primarily concerns personal data breach notification obligations outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation. She has published in leading, peer-reviewed journals on data protection and governance, such as European Data Protection Law Review, International Data Privacy Law and International Journal of Refugee Law. She also regularly peer-reviews submissions to various journals and international conferences, such as the annual conference of Computers, Privacy and Data Protection and ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAccT).
She is a contributing fellow and the Education Coordinator at the Brussels Privacy Hub, where she explores topics such as the legal implications of new legislative initiatives on individuals’ rights to privacy and data protection. In this capacity she has contributed to the first and the second edition of the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action.
She worked on the project titled “Support Small and Medium Enterprises on the Data Protection Reform II” (STARII) under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020, for which she co-edited the Handbook titled: The GDPR made Simpler for SMEs. Lina also led research work for the Horizon 2020 project titled “Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity” (CANVAS), which provided a detailed overview of underlying issues in the EU cybersecurity regulation.
She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, IAPP). After obtaining an LLM in Law and Technology (cum laude) at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), she completed the trainee program at the European Data Protection Supervisor. She worked as a legal intern in a Brussels-based European privacy and data security practice in 2013. She also worked as a legal researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven (CiTiP) in 2014-2016, where she contributed to several Horizon 2020 projects concerning disaster management.
Lina publishes on topics concerning protection of human rights, regulation of new technologies (e.g., digital identity wallets and artificial intelligence) and cybersecurity whilst always focusing on the key goal of raising awareness of individuals’ rights online and in particular, the rights to the protection of personal data and privacy.