mr. dr. ir. B.H.M. (Bart) Custers PhD MSc LLM is associate professor and head of research at eLaw, Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University.
Bart Custers studied both applied physics and criminal law and holds a PhD in privacy law. He is the former head of the research unit Crime, Law Enforcement and Sanctions of the Science and Research Centre (WODC) of the Ministry of Justice.
Currently he coordinates the eLaw part of the EUDECO project, an EU project on data reuse in the context of Big Data. The previous research project that he coordinated, CONSENT, investigated how consumer behavior and commercial practices are changing the role of informed consent in the processing of personal data.
Since April 2016 Bart is associate professor and head of research at eLaw, Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. Before this he was partime research coordinator for eLaw.
Research area and interests
His main expertise and experience is in the fields of risk profiling, privacy, big data, law enforcement technologies and cybercrime. In 2013 he published a book on privacy and discrimination in the information society, focusing on the effects of data mining and risk profiling in big data and in 2015 he published a book on the use of drones. On a regular basis he gives lectures on profiling, privacy and big data. He has presented his work at international conferences in the United States, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Middle East and throughout Europe. He has published his work, over 80 publications, in both scientific and professional journals and newspapers.