Jaap-Henk Hoepman


Privacy and Identity Lab, Radboud University

Scientific Director

We have embraced social networking and are using mobile devices at a spectacular rate. The gradual confluence of the virtual and the real world into one Internet of People and Things is changing the world before our very eyes. Because we have become increasingly dependent on information technology, I believe it is important that that we, users individually as well as society as a whole, remain in control. This means we must do all that is necessary to ensure that the technology is open, transparent, reliable, trustable, secure and aligned with our digital liberties. I think different professionals (engineers, legal scholars, social scientists and even artists) can learn from each other's approaches and results. We should join forces to shape our future in this new world.

I like to solve complex problems, and to explain their (technical) solution in laymen's terms to a general audience. I am not afraid to take an unorthodox or extreme position in public debates about the impact of technology on society. Most importantly, I love to be standing at this personal crossroads of theoretical computer science, ICT, law, and creativity in music and design.

My research is inspired by practical problems. I focus on the design of a secure and privacy friendly protocols for identity management and the Internet of Things. Apart from that I study privacy by design. I speak on these topics at national and international conferences and publish my results both in (inter)national scientific journals as well as in the popular press. Occasionally I appear in the media as a security expert.

Currently, I am an associate professor of privacy enhancing technologies and identity management at the Radboud University Nijmegen. I am also an associate professor in the IT Law section of the Transboundary Legal Studies department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. Moreover, I am principal scientist (and a former scientific director and co-founder) of the Privacy & Identity Lab, and member of The Internet of People.
I used to be a columnist for the Financieele Dagblad (FD, a major Dutch newspaper), a regular guest on the Dutch national radio news show Nieuws en Co, a member of the Executive Board of Trust in Digital Life, chair of the IFIP working group 11.2 on "Pervasive System Security", and coordinator of the Kerckhoffs Institute that offered a master programme in Computer Security, among others.

In my free time I enjoy making my own music, designing visuals, and practice Okinawan Goju Ryu karate-do.  


Contributions by Jaap-Henk Hoepman

  • Privacy by Design/Default: The Theory and How to Make It Work in Practice
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019