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Hans Franken Lecture by Aleid Wolfsen, Chairman Dutch DPA

On 20 May 2022, eLaw - Center for Law and Digital Technologies of Leiden University organised the Hans Franken lecture for the third time. This year the lecture was delivered by Aleid Wolfsen, chairman of the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (Data Protection Authority (DPA)), the privacy watchdog of the Netherlands.

In his lecture (delivered in Dutch), titled ‘Guardian of fundamental rights in the digital rule of law?’, Mr Wolfsen addressed the constitutional nature of the protection of privacy and personal data and the rule of law of its supervision, such as the checks and balances in the system.

Aleid Wolfsen has been chairman of the Dutch DPA since 2016. In 2019, the European regulators, united in the EDPB, elected Aleid Wolfsen as their Vice-President. Before his appointment as chairman of the DAP, Wolfsen worked both in politics and in the judiciary. Previously, he was a judge in Amsterdam, Vice- President of the Haarlem District Court, a member of the Dutch Parliament for the PvdA and mayor of Utrecht.

Starting in 2018, the Hans Franken Lecture has been delivered each year by scholars or prominent figures concerned with developments in technology and law.

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