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Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon  PhD (EUI), LLM (Cornell), DEA (Paris I), Maitrise (Paris II)

Professor in Information Technology and Data Governance, Co-Director of the Web Science Institute

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Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is a Professor in Information Technology Law and Data Governance within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton and Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer at Immuta. She is a (non-ex) Director of the Web Science Institute and a member of the Southampton Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence.

Sophie is the author of several legal articles, book chapters and books on intermediary liability, data protection and privacy, information security and intellectual property. She has been researching and writing on the liability of Internet intermediaries such as Internet service providers, Web 2.0 platforms, search engines, on the legal implications of deep packet inspection practices implemented by Internet service providers, on the role of hosting providers in relation to malicious webpages, on the standardization of privacy policies and on anonymisation practices.

She is extensively involved in diverse research and consulting activities. She led the legal work conducted for the FP7 research project on operational trustworthiness enabling technologies (FP7 OPTET) examining the implications of a trustworthiness-by-design approach to be applied from the design phase and comparing it with other value-by-design approaches such as the data-protection-by-design approach supported by the General Data Protection Regulation. She also worked on the legal implications of data enrichment practices for the Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project and contributed to produce a set of recommendations to make Ordnance Survey’s business model adapt to the digital age. She is now exploring data situation models for a 3-year research project on anonymisation practices as well as the implication of the data-protection-by-design approach for electronic identification for the Horizon 2020 FutureTrust research project on interoperability, electronic identification and trust services and supporting data sharing practices for innovation acceleration for the Horizon 2020 innovation programme Data Pitch.

Sophie has acted as an expert for the Organisation for the Cooperation and Security in Europe (in the field of intermediary liability) and for the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (in the field of data protection, research data and anonymisation). She was part of the expert group formed by the Council of Europe on intermediary liability MSI-NET (2016-2018).

She is Associate Editor of the Computer Law and Security Review, a leading international journal of technology law and practice providing a major platform for publication within the field of IT law and computer security.

Sophie is the creator of Peep Beep!, a blog dedicated to privacy and information law. Her posts regularly appear on Inforrm's (The International Forum for Responsible Media) blog.

Research interests

Her research interests are in Information Technology (IT) law and in particular data protection, privacy, information security, anonymisation, intermediary liability and more generally the impact of traditional bodies of law and fundamental rights and liberties upon Internet regulation.


Primary research group

Institute for Law and the Web

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Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon
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