Head of Sector, Digital Privacy and Data Protection, DG Connect, European Commission
Rosa Barcelo leads the sector responsible for digital privacy at the European Commission, in DG CONNECT (Unit H4 – Trust and Security Unit). Her tasks and responsibilities include the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58), personal data breach notification (Commission Regulation 611/2013) as well as advice to colleagues dealing with ICT policies that have a direct impact on privacy and data protection.
Prior to this, Ms Barcelo worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor (2006-2011) and in the Data Protection Unit of the European Commission (2004 and 2005). Before that, she worked as a private lawyer in the Brussels offices of Morrison and Foerster and DLA Piper where she advised clients on European privacy and data protection, electronic commerce and technology law.
Ms Barcelo has also worked in academia (University of Namur, in Belgium and University of Balearic Islands) and obtained her PhD in Law with a dissertation on electronic contracts and digital signatures.