Dr Nóra Ni Loideain

n__ni_loideain new director of the Information Law and Policy CentreLECTURER IN LAW and DIRECTOR OF THE INFORMATION LAW & POLICY CENTRE

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B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Hons) (National University of Ireland, Galway); Ph.D. (Cantab)

Special Interests:
Nóra’s research interests focus on governance, human rights, and technology, particularly in the fields of digital privacy, data protection, and state surveillance.

Her Ph.D. examined the influence of the right to respect for private life on the EU Data Retention Directive which mandated the mass retention of EU citizens’ communications metadata for national security and law enforcement purposes.

This doctoral research is the focus on her forthcoming monograph – Data Privacy, Serious Crime, and EU Policy-Making (Oxford University Press).

Additional Information:

Dr Nóra Ni Loideain is also an Affiliated Lecturer at the Cambridge Faculty of Law, a Visiting Lecturer for the LL.M. Privacy and Information Law module at King’s College London, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Humanities.

As Senior Research Fellow on the Media and Democracy Project at the University of Johannesburg, Nóra examined the influence of EU law on the state of the right to privacy and data protection in South Africa, particularly with respect to civil liberties and the development of Cape Town as a smart city. This research contributed to the UN universal periodic review of South Africa’s human rights record in 2017.

Following her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Technology and Democracy Project at the University of Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).

Prior to her academic career, she was a Legal and Policy Officer for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Ireland and clerked for the Irish Supreme Court.



“The End of Safe Harbor: Implications for EU Digital Privacy and Data Protection Law” (2016) 19(8) Journal of Internet Law 1

“EU Law and Mass Internet Metadata Surveillance in the post-Snowden era” (2015) 3(2) Media and Communications – Special Issue on Surveillance: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges 53

Book Chapters

“Surveillance of Communications Data and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights” in S. Gutwirth, R. Leenes, P. De Hert and Y. Poullet, (eds.), Reloading Data Protection (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014)

“Assessing the Evaluation of the EC Data Retention Directive”, in C.M. Akrivopoulou and N. Garipidis, (eds.), Human Rights and Risks in the Digital Era (Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2012)

“Implications of the EC Data Retention Directive for Data Protection and Privacy”, in C.M. Akrivopoulou and A. Psygkas, (eds.), Personal Data Privacy and Protection in a Surveillance Era: Technologies and Practices (Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2011)

Book Reviews

Review of S.B. Wicker, Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) (2014) 4(3) International Data Privacy Law 243

Review of C.T. Marsden, Internet Co-Regulation: European Law, Regulatory Governance and Legitimacy in Cyberspace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) (2012) 71(2) Cambridge Law Journal 457

Written Evidence to Parliament

Technology and Democracy Project, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, Written evidence to Public Committee on revised Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB64) (published 14 April 2016)

ILPC, Report of Expert Working Group on Investigatory Powers Bill, Findings Published in Joint Committee Report on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (HL Paper 93) (published 11 February 2016)

Technology and Democracy Project, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, Written Evidence to Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (published 10 December 2015)


“National Mass Communications Data Surveillance and the Law: Advocate General’s Opinion in Watson and Tele2 Sverige”, CRASSH Blog, University of Cambridge, 9 August 2016

“The UK Investigatory Powers Bill – one step forward, two steps back” (Online article) Open Democracy, 17 November 2015

“Is the EU really about to outlaw mass metadata surveillance?” (Online article) Wired Magazine, 28 April 2014

“The Draft EU Data Protection Package: A history of the EU’s privacy reform efforts and a look forward to the finish line” (Online article) International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 5 December 2013