I am a PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Law (Instituut voor Informatierecht - IViR), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The topic of my doctoral research is news personalization. News personalization is a new development in which online news media are collecting our personal data, to profile us and serve us news stories that match our individual interests. In my research, I look at the right to receive information, privacy, and data protection aspects of personalized news. My research is part of the ERC-funded project "Profiling and targeting news readers - implications for the democratic role of the digital media, user rights and public information policy", led by Professor Natali Helberger. Within this project, I closely collaborate with communication scientists.
During my research master's program at the University of Amsterdam, I conducted research into oversight on national intelligence and security services. Before that, I studied a semester abroad at Cardozo Law School, New York City, where I studied US privacy law and internet law. Towards the end of my master's program, I interned at the Rathenau Instituut, the Hague, in a joint project with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco. As part of this project, I lived in San Francisco for five months to research the discussion about privacy and the Internet of Things in Silicon Valley. I completed the master's with a thesis on the EU General Data Protection Regulation and profiling of European consumers in the Internet of Things.
In the first months of my PhD traject, I did a side project about oversight on digital surveillance by law enforcement agencies. We examined to what extent the legislative proposal for the Dutch Wet Computercriminaliteit III (Cybercrime Act III) complied with the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection. For this project, I considered in particular case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.