Our Researchers

Cristiana Santos

Cristiana Teixeira Santos


I am an Assistant Professor with interdisciplinary expertise in Law and Tech. I hold a joint international Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology (University of Bologna) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (University of Luxembourg). My PhD thesis focused on modeling relevant legal information using computational ontologies. I also collaborate closely with computer scientists from PRIVATICS team on online privacy. Previously, I was a postdoc at INRIA. Prior to joining academia, I was a lawyer and worked as a legal adviser and lecturer at the Portuguese Consumer Protection Organization-DECO.


My research area is privacy and data protection law and their interface with consumer law and legal informatics.

My research topics include:

  • online tracking and compliance with the GDPR, ePrivacy Directive and future ePrivacy Regulation
  • requirements for online consent
  • purposes of personal data processing
  • awfulness of dark patterns and online manipulation
  • privacy damages and and the right to compensation from dark patterns
  • studying usable privacy
  • subject acess right


Our Newsletter publishes information related to the academic-scientific activities organized by our Chair and the topics analysed within the framework of our work. It also publishes news related to those topics on which our researchers work and that directly affect the issue of Data Governance.