Christopher Schmidt, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP
Christopher Schmidt, CIPP/E; CIPM; CIPT; is a German Magister of Law and a Privacy activist with profound IT knowledge as a Pentester and BTA Certified Blockchain Solution Architect and experienced in European Data Protection and IT law.
He has worked at the International and European Affairs Department of the Hessian Data Protection Commissioner which handles cooperation and consistency procedures in accordance with Chapter VII of the GDPR, acts as a contact point including for the European Data Protection Board and oversees International Data Transfers and Related Safeguards (i.e., Binding Corporate Rules, EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Standard Data Protection Clauses). He was also tasked with matters relating to employee data protection, automated HR data processing as well as advising and monitoring data protection officers from both the public and the private sectors.
During his time with a global law firm, he helped to shape the conversion process of many multinational undertakings to the GDPR and sector-specific German data protection law, including the drafting of various policies and contracts, negotiating of liability clauses and specific guarantees in M&A agreements.
As a freelancer, he runs advanced courses and workshops for law students as well as for lawyers and data protection officers on current European data protection matters in German, English, French and Italian. He is fascinated about the manifold interaction between data protection and other legal areas, as well as the hardening of technical interfaces at a time when people and AI devices are growing closer together every day and self-determination through IT security has become vital.
Christopher also helps to review the IAPP's German training material.