Christopher Schmidt, FIP; CIPP/E; CIPM; CDPO; is a German Attorney (Rechtsanwalt) at JONES DAY, Magister of Law and a Privacy activist with profound IT knowledge as a Pentester, experienced in European Data Protection and IT law. He currently serves as Advisory Board Member of the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals).
Christopher specializes in cybersecurity and data protection matters, including privacy litigation and compliance with the GDPR, European and German data protection law, drafting and negotiation of policies and contracts, incident response, M&A agreements, transfer safeguards, as well as all types of risk-based and technical documentation.
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, 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, 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.