Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is a Professor in Information Technology Law and Data Governance within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton, specialising in Information Technology related issues. She is the Director of ILAWS, the Institute for Law and the Web and its interdisciplinary core iCLIC. She is a member of the Southampton Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence as well as a member of the Web Science Institute.
Sophie is the author of several legal articles, book chapters and books on intermediary liability, data protection and privacy, information security and intellectual property. She has been researching and writing on the liability of Internet intermediaries such as Internet service providers, Web 2.0 platforms, search engines, on the legal implications of deep packet inspection practices implemented by Internet service providers, on the role of hosting providers in relation to malicious webpages, on the standardization of privacy policies and on anonymisation practices.
She is extensively involved in diverse research and consulting activities. She led the legal work conducted for the FP7 research project on operational trustworthiness enabling technologies (FP7 OPTET) examining the implications of a trustworthiness-by-design approach to be applied from the design phase and comparing it with other value-by-design approaches such as the data-protection-by-design approach supported by the General Data Protection Regulation. She also worked on the legal implications of data enrichment practices for the Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project and contributed to produce a set of recommendations to make Ordnance Survey’s business model adapt to the digital age. She is now exploring data situation models for a 3-year research project on anonymisation practices as well as the implication of the data-protection-by-design approach for electronic identification for the Horizon 2020 FutureTrust research project on interoperability, electronic identification and trust services and supporting data sharing practices for innovation acceleration for the Horizon 2020 innovation programme Data Pitch.