Christopher Schmidt, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, CDPO


Jones Day

Magister of Law, Data Privacy Specialist

Christopher Schmidt, FIP; CIPP/E; CIPM; CIPT, CDPO; is a German Magister of Law and a Data/Privacy activist experienced in European Data Protection and IT law, building on his profound IT and pentesting knowledge.

Christopher 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, 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.

As a freelancer, Christopher 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. In 2020, he launched the European Essential Guarantees Guide [] to help data exporters with conducting global transfer impact assessments in a post-Schrems II world.

In his past and today, Christopher works for a global law firm, assisting multinational undertakings from various sectors to achieve compliance with the GDPR and sector-specific German data protection law, including the drafting and negotiation of various policies and contracts, M&A agreements, transfer safeguards, and all other required types of risk-based and technical documentation.

Christopher also helps to review the IAPP’s German training material. 


Contributions by Christopher Schmidt