Christina Maria Schwaiger is Deputy Head of International Desk at the Austrian Data Protection Authority and member of the Chair Coordination Team of the European Data Protection Board. She studied law and economics at the University of Salzburg, where she also worked as a teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Public Law, European Law and International Law. As part of her research activity, she was focusing on constitutional law, administrative law, data protection law and IT law. After completing her legal clerkship at the District Court of Favoriten and at the Regional Court of Wiener Neustadt, she joined the Austrian Data Protection Authority as a policy officer in 2016. Her areas of expertise at national level include dealing with complaint handling procedures and carrying out legal expert examinations regarding new draft legislations. Since February 2018, when the chairmanship of the European Data Protection Board – EDPB – (former Article 29 Working Party) was taken over by the Head of the Austrian Data Protection Authority, she has additionally performed tasks within the Chair Coordination Team. Further she is member of EDPB’s International Transfer Subgroup, which is dealing with all main aspects of the EU-US Privacy Shield. In May 2018 Ms. Schwaiger became Deputy Head of International Desk at the Austrian Data Protection Authority. Next to her work at the Authority and the EDPB, she has authored several legal articles inter alia on data protection aspects of facial recognition and the data protection officer according to GDPR. She has also contributed to a commentary on the new Austrian Federal Act concerning the Protection of Personal Data and lectures in the field of data protection law at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland as well as at the Danube University in Krems.

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