Welcome to my new website and blog.

What’s cooking?

  • On 25 January, the wonderful Dutch online magazine ‘De Correspondent’ published a long interview on my book ‘Securing Private Communications’. The interview digs in deep on several fundamental changes in the governance of the European Union. Even if politics are turbulent these days, I believe the EU is becoming a more complete Union, that is (finally) constitutionally designed to protect the privacy and cybersecurity of EU citizens. A strong judiciary is badly needed in times of populism. Read the entire interview, alas only in Dutch, here.
  • Gave a keynote at the National Privacy Conference on 18 November 2016, about the status and viability the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield from an academic, consumer and business perspective. I also touched upon data outsourcing practices of French escort services in the the 1970s, the consequent privacy awareness of French politicians such as Mitterand and the subsequent birth of international data transfer prohibitions in the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. And the immense impact of quantum computing on privacy and cybersecurity (policy) in the future. Slides here.
  • 02.08.2016: For Dutchies, here’s a 25 minute conversation I had on BNR national radio about my new book:
  • 19.07.2016: My book ‘Securing Private Communications’ has finally arrived! Check out the retro-futuristic 1980s cover: Cover
    The book is published under Creative Commons license by Kluwer and based on my Ph.D. thesis. It could come in handy for scholars, practicioners and policymakers working on privacy, security and broader areas relating to the governance of information. Book announcement, abstract and full download of the academic version here. Blogpost, pics and slides of the academic defense on 25 November 2015 here.

Featured  talks and interviews:


Guest in the talk show RTL Late Night on Dutch data protection regulator investigations into Facebook and Google. As they confronted some audience members with embarrasing content on their Facebook profile, I had to test the great TV hosts’ Dutch Supreme Court case law knowledge and help the audience. Host Umberto Tan happens to be a former law student, which spurred some quite funny interaction towards the end of the item. To embed the video I would have to offer you an insecure connection and confront you with third party ad tracking, but you can watch it here.


axel epfl

The Question Lawyers Don’t Ask: Can Law Address Total Transnational Surveillance?, EPFL Lausanne Congress on Privacy & Surveillance. Liveblog by The Guardian, slides [pdf]. Click here to watch the talk.