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Thordis Sveinsdottir

Senior Data Protection Advisor

Role at Trilateral

Thordis is part of the Data Protection and Cyber-Risk Service team. As part of her work, she manages data protection service delivery for public and private clients, to enable their compliance with applicable European and national legislation when processing personal data. She also provides advisory services to organisations on data governance and data management, as well as contributes to research in this field.

Thordis is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)


Thordis has gathered extensive experience in research, evaluation and analysis within the European R&I field; she also has experience with externally funded projects and initiatives by the European Commission, and UK-funded projects by Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. Thordis’ work has focused on data since 2012 when she contributed to the EC-funded RECODE project, which developed policy recommendations for driving open access to research data in Europe. Since then, she has worked on research and consultancy in data openness, data ethics, data audits and data protection, as well as writing data governance policies and strategy documents for UK and international organisations.

Thordis contributed to the European Commission-funded report on Science 2.0: Science in Transition and in March 2018 was invited as an expert panel member to the OECD Joint CSTP-GSF Workshop: Towards New Principles for Enhanced Access to Public Data for Science, Technology and Innovation, from which the findings will contribute to an update of the 2007 OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding.

Thordis has published on the topic of ‘Open Access to Research’ and co-authored the book Open Data and the Knowledge Society, published by Amsterdam University Press in 2017.

Thordis has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Surrey (UK).

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