Wiedemann_webMr. Klaus Wiedemann, Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

Data-driven innovation, in particular the Internet of Things, allows for the seemingly easy and supposedly unerring evaluation of personality traits through automated processing of personal data. The presentation examines whether the EU General Data Protection Regulation is equipped to tackle the various legal and ethical concerns arising in conjunction with the ever-increasing use of profiling measures and the corresponding automation. In addition to analysing such issues, the presentation tries to contribute ideas on how to adequately address them.   

Klaus studied law at the University of Würzburg, at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and at the University of Heidelberg with a focus on public international law. After graduating in 2013 (First State Examination in Law, Heidelberg) he started his Judicial Service Training where he focused on private international law. The training included stages at Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt/Main (litigation department) and at the University of Oxford’s Institute of European and Comparative Law (Great Britain). In 2015, he passed the bar exam (Second State Examination in Law, Stuttgart) and qualified as a German lawyer/Rechtsanwalt.

Since November 2015, Klaus has been a Doctoral Candidate and Junior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His research interests lie in the fields of data protection and privacy law, with a particular focus on the legal implications of the data-driven economy. His doctoral thesis, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, deals with the intersection of data protection law and the law on unfair competition.