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Rocio de la Cruz

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I am a dual UK and Spanish qualified lawyer with more broad expertise in multi-jurisdictional Data, Privacy, e-commerce and Freedom of information legal advice applied to different sectors including tech, telecoms, life sciences, automotive, retail, health, academia, finance, funds and energy.

As an out of the box thinker who, during the last 15 years has been heavily involved in projects where I have had the opportunity to see how technology and the use of data has evolved from manual to electronic records, from total human intervention to the testing and implementation of machine learning, AI tools, the use of blockchain and 5G technology and the laws in different countries doing their best to catch up with this fast-growing tech and cultural evolution. On top of that, after working closely with my clients, listening to their needs and striving to always provide an improved solution, I have learnt how privacy and e-commerce legal advice is provided in a manner in which it is easy to follow and therefore useful to businesses and their staff, while also being cost-effective and adjusted to budget and each business’ needs.

I have advised central government departments in data sharing projects concerning different areas from Education to Product Safety and Standards; UK and International private sector group companies on matters such as the use of special categories of data within blockchain, AI or facial recognition environments, the harmonisation of global privacy compliance rules, data breach response, complaints and regulators’ investigations, the carrying out of data privacy due diligences and post-completion tasks or within M&As contexts or the issuing of certificates as requested by insurers. I support Data Protection Officers and manage representative services.

I enjoy being creative and innovative at work, an example of which is that I was a pioneer in recommending (and drafting scripts for) the use of privacy policies presented in a video format (or the use video games used to inform children) even before this approach was recommended by the ICO and other regulators.

Outside of work, I enjoy doing ballet, skiing, playing golf (very badly, by the way), cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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