The University of Southampton

Niko Tsakalakis MSc (Southampton), LL.M (Westminster), LL.B (DUTH)

Senior Research Assistant: PLEAD – Provenance-driven & Legally-grounded Explanations for Automated Decisions (EPSRC Grant EP/S027238/1, 2019-2021)

Senior Research Assistant: FutureTrust – Services for Trustworthy Global Transactions (Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement No. 700542, 2016-2019)

Niko Tsakalakis is a Senior Research Assistant at FutureTrust – Services for Trustworthy Global Transactions, a Horizon 2020 project, and a PhD candidate in the Web Science Institute under the supervision of Dr. Kieron O'Hara and Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon. Niko is based in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group in the school for Electronics and Computer Science (ECS).

Niko is part of the University of Southampton team participating in the FutureTrust project, which aims at supporting the practical implementation of the EU eIDAS Regulation on Electronic Identification and Trust Services. University of Southampton is in charge of the legal requirements, liability regimes and impact of eID and trust services, as well as providing the legal evaluation of the project.

Niko's previous qualifications include an LL.B in Law (DUTH), an LL.M in International Commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution (Westminster) and an MSc in Web Science (Southampton).


Research interests

  • Data protection
  • Pseudonymisation / anonymisation
  • Data minimisation
  • Data protection by design
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automated decisions
  • Electronic identities


Tsakalakis, Niko, O'hara, Kieron and Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie (2016) Identity assurance in the UK: technical implementations and legal implications under the eIDAS regulation. WebSci '16 Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, , Hannover, Germany. 22 - 25 May 2016. pp. 55-65 . (doi:10.1145/2908131.2908152).

Tsakalakis, Niko, Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie and O'Hara, Kieron (2016) What's in a name: the conflicting views of pseudonymisation under eIDAS and the General Data Protection Regulation. Hühnlein, Detlef, Roßnagel, Heiko, Schunck, Christian H. and Talamo, Maurizio (eds.) In Open Identity Summit 2016: October 13–14, 2016, Rome, Italy. vol. P-264, Gesellschaft für Informatik. pp. 167-174 .

(2016) What's in a name: the conflicting views of pseudonymisation under eIDAS and the General Data Protection Regulation. Open Identity Summit 2016, Italy. pp. 167-174 .

Tsakalakis, Niko, Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie and O'Hara, Kieron (2017) Identity Assurance in the UK: technical implementation and legal implications under eIDAS. The Journal of Web Science, 3 (3), 32-46. (doi:10.1561/106.00000010).

Tsakalakis, Niko and Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie (2018) Article 87 of the General Data Protection Regulation. In, Spiecker Döhmann, Indra, Papakonstantinou, Vagelis, Hornung, Gerrit and de Hert, Paul (eds.) Commentary on the General Data Protection Regulation. Nomos. (In Press)

Tsakalakis, Niko and Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie , Sel, Marc (ed.) (2017) State of the art in relation to privacy and data protection requirements (preliminary report): Deliverable 2.7 FutureTrust 94pp.

Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie, Pearce, Henry and Tsakalakis, Niko (2018) The GDPR: A game changer for electronic identification schemes? The case study of Gov.UK Verify. Computer Law and Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice, 34 (4), 784-805. (doi:10.1016/j.clsr.2018.05.012).

Tsakalakis, Niko and Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie (2018) Documentation of the legal foundations of trust and trustworthiness: Deliverable D2.8 FutureTrust 160pp.

Tsakalakis, Niko, Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie and O'hara, Kieron (2019) Data protection by design for cross-border electronic identification: Does the eIDAS Interoperability Framework need to be modernised? Kosta, Eleni, Fischer-Hübner, Simone, Pierson, Jo, Slamanig, Daniel and Krenn, Stephan (eds.) In Privacy and Identity Management. Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in the Age of Big Data: 13th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Vienna, Austria, August 20-24, 2018, Revised Selected Papers. vol. 547, Springer New York. pp. 255-274 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-16744-8_17).

Hühnlein, Detlef, Frosch, Tilman, Schwenk, Jörg, Piswanger, Carl Markus, Sel, Marc, Hühnlein, Tina, Wich, Tobias, Nemmert, Daniel, Lottes, René, Baszanowski, Stefan, Zeuner, Volker, Rauh, Michael, Somorovsky, Juraj, Mladenov, Vladislav, Condovici, Cristina, Leitold, Herbert, Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie, Tsakalakis, Niko, Eichholz, Jan, Kamm, Frank Michael, Urmann, Jens, Kühne, Andreas, Wabisch, Damian, Dean, Roger, Shamah, Jon, Kapanadze, Mikheil, Ponte, Nuno, Martins, Jose, Portela, Renato, Karabat, Çaǧatay, Stojičić, Snežana, Nedeljkovic, Slobodan, Bouckaert, Vincent, Defays, Alexandre, Anderson, Bruce, Jonas, Michael, Hermanns, Christina, Schubert, Thomas, Wegener, Dirk and Sazonov, Alexander (2016) Futuretrust-future trust services for trustworthy global transactions. Huhnlein, Detlef, Talamo, Maurizio, Rossnagel, Heiko and Schunck, Christian H. (eds.) In Open Identity Summit 2016, OID 2016 - Proceedings. Gesellschaft fur Informatik (GI). pp. 27-41 .


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