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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

The South EU Google Data Governance Chair focuses on scientific reflection and research in the academic field on Data Governance in the context of European countries. The Chair analyzes the challenges of Law and Data Governance in areas such as Big Data, Data Driven Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and International Flows of Personal Data.