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Darja Lončarar Dušanović defended her doctoral dissertation

On 24 March 2021, Darja Lončar Dušanović, doctoral candidate at the Postgraduate doctoral study in the field of social sciences, the subject of law of the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law and data protection officer at the major Croatian telecommunication company, defended her doctoral dissertation titled “Back to Bases: Overcoming Legal Uncertainty in Personal Data Processing in the EU”, written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ivana Kunda. As noted by the Defence Committee consisting of Prof. Dr. Marko Šikić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Assist. Prof. Dr. Petra Weingerl, University of Maribor, Faculty of Law and Assist. Prof. Dr. Danijela Vrbljanac, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law, novelty in her approach is in adopting the perspective of metavalue of legal certainty.

Addressing matters such as adequacy and hierarchy of consent as legal basis in different circumstances, the requirements for legitimate interest legal basis, limits to the automatic decisions making, requirements for acceptability of cookie walls, characterisation of preudonymised versus anonymised data, national data retention rules after the CJEU declared the Data Retention Directive invalid, Lončar Dušanović concludes that in more situations than not the principle of legal certainty could benefit from additional reinforcement, in the present regulatory framework.