Dr. Gerard Ritsema van Eck

I work as an assistant professor at the University of Groningen's IT-law department. My research focuses on concerns of public space surveillance, privacy, and data protection. I'm attached to the NWO-funded SMiLES Living Lab as a post-doc researcher. I'm also a member of the Data Protection Scholars Network and the Surveillance Studies Network. For additional information, please refer to g.j.ritsema.van.eck[at]step-rug.nl, gerard.rve[at]protonmail.com, Mastodon, Twitter, my staff page at the University of Groningen, or my ORCiD.

Articles and book chapters

Doorgiften van persoonsgegevens naar de VS post-Schrems: een empirisch onderzoek naar bedrijven die ook maar wat doen
2023, with Emiel de Graaff. 72(1) Ars Aequi 9-16. Abstract (Dutch).

The New Car Safety Rules of the GSR in light of the GDPR: An Unnecessarily Tangled Web
2022, with Nynke Vellinga. 13(1) European Journal of Law and Technology. Abstract, full text.

Privacy and Participation in Public: Data protection issues of crowdsourced surveillance (PhD thesis)
2021, defended at the University of Groningen on September 16th. Full text (pdf, 18mb). Physical copies available at request.

Commentary: A Republican and Collective Approach to the Privacy and Surveillance Issues of Bodycams
2020, with Lotte Houwing. In Bryce Clatyon Newell (ed) Police on Camera: Surveillance, Privacy and Police Accountability (Routledge). Order at Routledge, full text.

Police bodycams as equiveillance tools? Reflections on the debate in the Netherlands
2020, with Lotte Houwing. 18(2) Surveillance & Society 284-287. Abstract, full text.

Capturing license plates: police-citizen interaction apps from an EU data protection perspective
2020, with Jonida Milaj. 34(1) International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 1-21. Abstract, full text.

Algorithmic mapmaking in 'Smart Cities': Data Protection Impact Assessments as a means of protection for groups
2019, in Angela Daly, S. Kate Devitt and Monique Mann (eds), Good Data 298-316 (Institute of Network Cultures). Abstract, full text.

Mobile devices as stigmatizing security sensors: the GDPR and a future of crowdsourced ‘broken windows’
2018, with Oskar Josef Gstrein. 8(1) International Data Privacy Law 69-85. Abstract, full text.

Emergency calls with a photo attached: The effects of urging citizens to use their smartphones for surveillance
2018, in Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan and Bert-Jaap Koops (eds), Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space 157-178 (in Kirstie Ball, William Webster and Charles Raab (eds) Routledge Studies in Surveillance, Routledge). Abstract, full text.

Case notes

Annotatie bij Rb. Den Haag 2 maart 2022, ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2022:8279 (Dronken beveiliger)
2022, with Nynke Vellinga, casenote in Jurisprudentie Bescherming Persoonsgegevens 2022/126.

Annotatie bij HvJ EU 24 maart 2022, ECLI:EU:C:2022:216 (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens)
2022, casenote in Jurisprudentie Bescherming Persoonsgegevens 2022/91. Full text (Dutch).

Annotatie bij Rb. Midden-Nederland 4 mei 2021, ECLI:NL:RBMNE:2021:1865 (Minderjarig kind/SVB)
2021, casenote in Jurisprudentie Bescherming Persoonsgegevens 2021/79. Full text (Dutch).

Teaching

As a result of my position as a post-doc researcher, I am currently less involved in teaching. However, I am involved in:
- LLM and LLB thesis supervision on privacy and data protection, and
- Introduction to IT-law.
- I also supervise students working on practical assignments as part of SMiLES.

Courses I've been involved in the past include:
- Seminar privacy law,
- Legal Research Skills I,
- Law and Information management,
- IT in the context of the law, and
- Law and Legal Skills - IT for Lawyers.

Press

29 April 2023, Ilona Dahl 'Academische ziekenhuizen schenden medisch beroepsgeheim met verkoop van patiëntendata' Follow the Money. Read here (Paywall, Dutch).

14 February 2023, Gloria Turetta 'Swipe at your own peril: the surge of dating app usage comes with privacy concerns' The Groningen Observer. Read here.

15 December 2022, Karlijn Houterman and Romy van Peij 'Privacyexperts kritisch op scholen en politie: duizenden kluisjes willekeurig onderzocht' RTL Nieuws. Read here (Dutch).

29 September 2022, Guest on the Atlas science podcast by the NTR national broadcaster. Episode '#3 - We are data (S04)'. Listen here (Dutch).

14 September 2021, Interview on local radion show 'Babette op Noord' on smartphones and privcy RTV Noord. Listen here (Dutch).

23 June 2021, Stef Altena, 'In iedere winkel camera’s met gezichtsherkenning? ‘Voor je het weet is van privacy geen sprake meer’' Dagblad van het Noorden. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

4 February 2021, Thereza Langeler, 'Meer camera's in de binnenstad van Groningen? Geen goed idee, zegt deze RUG-expert: 'Waar houdt het dan op?'' Dagblad van het Noorden. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

4 December 2020, Guest on the In Casu podcast by the JFV, discussing the Netflix-documentary 'The Social Dilemma'. Listen here (Dutch).

29 July 2020, 'Dierenambulancemedewerkers willen bodycam: "Bedreigd en geïntimideerd"' RTL Nieuws. Watch here (Dutch, video also broadcasted as part of EditieNL on RTL4 on the same date).

21 July 2020, Nienke Zoetbrood, ‘Onder de radar leven, kan dat wel in Nederland?’ Vrij Nederland p 110-119. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

14 March 2020, Maaike Borst, 'Veiligheid in tijden van camera's: "We denken er niet eens meer over na"' Dagblad van het Noorden p 16-19. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

9 November 2019, Wilmer Heck, ‘Pokémon-app van de politie komt er niet’ NRC Handelsblad p 13. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

16 August 2019, Nienke Zoetbrood, 'De bodycam maakt een opmars bij de politie, maar werken die extra ogen op het uniform wel?' Volkskrant. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

29 April 2019, Thereza Langeler, 'De politie krijgt meer bodycams, maar hoe zit het dan met de privacy?' Dagblad van het Noorden. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

11 January 2018, Maaike Borst, 'Docent wil meer waardering voor onderwijs aan de RUG: "De gewone student verpietert"' Dagblad van het Noorden. Read here (paywall, Dutch).

Presentations

Smart mobility and dumb data law
2023, at the Data Protection Scholars Network International Data Protection Day Work-in-progress Event (online)

Do drivers need to compromise privacy for road safety?
2022, with Nynke Vellinga, at the Surveillance Studies Network conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

U can’t touch this: data protection, data ownership, and informational self-determination
2022, with Jasper Verstappen, at the Surveillance Studies Network conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Bodycams in the Netherlands
2022, panelist following the keynote "Interpreting Power and Procedural Justice: Police Bodycam Videography: Interpreting authoritative power and procedural justice in real-life videos of police and POI (persons of interest) interactions: Theory, empirical findings, and LARPS (live-action role-playing)" organized by the University of Greenwich.

Gegevensbescherming op de weg: krijgt privacy voorrang?
2022, with Nynke Vellinga, invited talk at the '20 jaar IT-recht in Groningen' symposium.

Watching you watching the road: data protection implications of automated driving
2022, with Nynke Vellinga, as a part of the Prague Technology Law Lecture Series.

Van Oldambt naar Big Brother: Juridische vraagstukken rond 5G
2021, invited talk at the 'Maak werk van 5G' conference organized by 5Groningen at Hoogezand, the Netherlands.

The GSR and the GDPR: A tangled web
2021, with Nynke Vellinga at the BILETA conference organized by the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Privacy and Participation in Public: Data protection issues of crowdsourced surveillance
2021, as part of the advanced seminars in jurisprudence series at The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute of the University of Stockholm.

Capturing license plates: police-citizen interaction apps from an EU data protection perspective
2019, with Jonida Milaj at the TiLTing Perspectives conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

"I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined": Taylor Swift's 'reputation' album and the culture of surveillance
2019, GiKII session at the TiLTing Perspectives conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

Mapmaking in Smart Cities in the context of Good Data
2019, as part of the Good Data book launch at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

Presentation on legal issues surrounding participatory surveillance apps
2018, invited talk at the Groninger Juristen Congres in Groningen, The Netherlands. Slides & abstract.

Participatory Mapmaking
2018, contribution to the panel "Boundaries of Sharing — Participatory Surveillance in Data-driven Societies" at the Surveillance Studies Network Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Slides and abstract.

Mapmaking in Smart Cities and the Role of Group Data Protection Rights in DPIAs
2018, Surveillance Studies Network Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. Slides and abstract.

How mobile personal safety technologies are restructuring privacy in public
2017, TiLTing Perspectives conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Slides and abstract.

Mobile devices as stigmatizing security sensors
2017, Sensor Publics: A Workshop on the Politics of Sensing and Data Infrastructures in Munich, Germany. Slides & abstract.

Sinopticon: Emergency Calls with a photo attached
2015, Cyberspace conference in Brno, Czech Republic. Slides & abstract.

Privacy and dignity implications of the use of automated surveillance and behavioural profiling in airports
2014, Cyberspace conference in Brno, Czech Republic. Slides.

Reports/miscellaneous

Privacy en gecrowdsourcede surveillance in de publieke ruimte
2021. Summary of PhD thesis and announcement of defence in Nederlands Juristenblad (NJB) 2021/2277.

Waar surveilleert de politie en waarom?
2020, in Rosalie Koolhoven & Ariska Bonnema (eds) Superdillema's (University of Groningen, presented to all Dutch primary schools on the International Day of Peace). Full text.

Decision Support Tool
2015, with Aaron Ceross. Part of RESPECT deliverable 15.2 (confidential).

Model Law: 'Surveillance Systems Safeguards Directive’
2015, with Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnice. Part of RESPECT deliverable 15.2 (confidential).

Toolkit
2014, with Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici and Joseph Cannataci. SMART deliverable 12.3 (confidential).