Project Coordinator


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (

Project manager

Bettina Zijlstra


Bettina Zijlstra works as EU Projects Manager/Projects Officer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen and is the Project Manager of the RESPECT project.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA) and a Masters degree in International and European Law (LL.M). After receiving her BBA degree she followed a one year Leadership Program in the United States. After gaining this international experience she continued her studies in the Netherlands with achieving the LL.M. degree in International and European Law (University of Groningen). During her years of studying she has held fulltime (management) positions at different major companies gaining experience in the field of financial, administrative and project management. Since May 2010 she has been working at the University of Groningen and since December 2011 she works at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. She is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Project coordinating person

Joseph A. Cannataci


Professor Joseph Cannataci studied law at the University of Malta and the University of Oslo. He later qualified in the UK as a Chartered Information Technology Professional and also holds Chartered Fellowship of the British Computer Society. He received a Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from the University of Malta in 1986 with a thesis on privacy and data protection law published by the Norwegian University Press in 1987. Joe was T54 Project Director at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law during 1986-1987 before he joined the Department of Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Malta, where in 1988 he established the Law & IT Research Unit (LITRU). In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Law at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in the United Kingdom. Between 2006 and 2007 he was Head of Lancashire Law School and from 2007-to 2011 he was Director of the Centre for Law, Information & Converging Technologies at UCLAN. In 2011 he was appointed Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta and also Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen. He is additionally Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Centre, School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University Australia.

In 2010 Joe was External Consultant for the Impact Assessment of policy options for data protection law in Europe contracted by the European Commission to GHK International. During 2010, he was also Expert Consultant engaged by Council of Europe’s Consultative Committee (T-PD) and Directorate for Legal Affairs and Human Rights to review provisions of the European Data Protection Convention and Recommendation (R(87)15 on police use of personal data.

He has written books and articles on data protection law, liability for expert systems, legal aspects of medical informatics, copyright in computer software and co-authored various papers and textbook chapters on self-regulation and the Internet, the EU Constitution and data protection, on-line dispute resolution, data retention and police data.

  • CANNATACI, J. A., From the NSA to the IMP: Deserving and Dodging Legal Safeguards (ISA 2010).
  • CANNATACI, J. A., Squaring the circle of smart surveillance and privacy, Fourth International Conference on Digital Society, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7695-3953-9/10, DOI 10.1109/OCDS.2010.55, pp. 323-328.
  • CANNATACI, J. A. & MIFSUD BONNICI, J. P., The end of the purpose-specification principle in data protection? International Review of Law, Computers and Tehnology, Routledge, 2010, ISSN 1364-6886 (electronic) 1360-0869 (paper), DOI 10.1080/13600861003637693, vol. 24, no. 1, March 2010, pp. 1-17.
  • CANNATACI, J. A., Privacy pitfalls for e-Government: recent developments in the UK, chapter in Marleen Haase, Christine Leitner, Josef Makolm, Roman Traumuller (eds), Taking the e-Government Agenda Forward: Meeting the Challenges of Digital Governance, Justice and Public Sector Information, Austrian Computer Society, April 2009, ISBN 978-3-85403-253-3.
  • CANNATACI, J. A. & MIFSUD BONNICI, J. P., The UK Data Protection FIasco 2007-2008: Moving on from bad policy and bad law? International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, Routledge, 2009, ISSN 1364-6886 (electronic) 1360-0869 (paper), DOI 10.1080/13600860902876378, vol. 23, no. 1-2, pp. 47-76.
  • CANNATACI, J. A., Lex Personalitatis and Technology-driven Law, 2008. SCRIPTed.