Sofia Lopes Agostinho has successfully completed this month her master’s degree, by defending a thesis with the title “Assessing online violations of privacy and data protection through the lens of criminal law", with the supervision of Professor Athina Sachoulidou. Sofia is now a master in "Law & Tech" by our faculty.
In a context where the digital footprint becomes progressively “bigger” than the physical one, everyone can easily access goods and services offered online. However, at the same time, new technological tools, such as smartphones, make users of the World Wide Web more vulnerable to intrusions in their privacy sphere. Against this backdrop, this thesis examines, amongst other things, the status quo of cybercrime – with a focus on those elements that distinguish it from the offline crime, as well as the EU and international legal framework governing online violations of privacy and data protection through a criminal law lens.