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    Elisabeth leads the Van Doorne Privacy Team. She is also a member of the Van Doorne Cyber Security Team.

    Expert. Internationally renowned. Commitment. Good sense of humour.

    With her Privacy Team Elisabeth focuses on all privacy related matters, both compliance and contentious matters. The team advises in areas that include the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data breach notification duties, the transfer of personal data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), privacy and cookie statements, data processing agreements, the role of the works council, whistleblowing schemes, monitoring the use of internet and e-mail, and DM campaigns. Elisabeth is also an expert in the field of e-commerce and consumer law related aspects.

    Elisabeth publishes and is a regular speaker on privacy- and IT related topics. Her 1991 PhD thesis "Software, een 'novum' in het vermogensrecht" addressed software as a novelty in property law, reviewing considerations on the position occupied by software copyrights in property law. She has authored a variety of other books on subjects including privacy (2010), IT contracts (2010), open source (2006), e-commerce (2001) and the Y2K problem (1998). Elisabeth is a member of the editorial team of the professional journals "Privacy & Informatie" (privacy and information) and "Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht" (internet law journal).

    Elisabeth is a board member of the Netherlands Privacy Law Association for Lawyers (Vereniging voor Privacyrecht Advocaten), member of the Netherlands Privacy Law Association (Vereniging voor Privacyrecht), the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law (NVvIR), the ITechlaw Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), where she is Vice-President of the Data Protection Commission. She is a former board member of the Netherlands Association of IT lawyers: Vereniging Informaticarecht Advocaten (VIRA).

    Elisabeth is top ranked in various international guides: Chambers Europe (Band 1), Legal 500 EMEA (Tier 1), Expert Guide "Women in Business Law", and "International Who is Who of Internet, E-commerce & Data Protection Lawyers".

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    "Elisabeth Thole is also highlighted for 'combining incredible knowledge of the law and an economical approach'" - The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Information Technology

    "Clients describe the lawyers as 'hands-on, proactive and efficient'" - Chambers Europe 2019, TMT: Data Protection

    "Dedicated data protection team that has been working in this field for many years" -  Chambers Europe 2019, TMT: Data Protection

    "Elisabeth Thole is identified by commentators as 'one of the best data protection specialists in the Netherlands'. With a focus on GDPR compliance, she boasts a global client roster in diverse sectors including retail and insurance.” -  Chambers Europe 2019, TMT: Data Protection

    "Leading Individual Privacy & Protection and Data Security: Van Doorne’s Elisabeth Thole is a 'well-known name' in the field who is clearly recommended” by peers for her prowess in privacy matters. She advises clients on issues arising out of GDPR concerns, compliance processes, data breaches and international data transfers.” - Who's Who Legal: Data 2019

    "'Deeply knowledgeable, internationally connected' privacy expert Elisabeth Thole." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, Information Technology 

    "'Very responsive' with 'Good business understanding and experience in the market'." - Chambers Europe 2018, TMT: Data Protection

    "Elisabeth Thole is a ‘quick, clear’ privacy expert."- The Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Industry focus: IT

    "A substantial team at Van Doorne offers cross-border, sector expertise in areas as varied as commercial/M&A, real estate, litigation, IP and employment. It provides advice that is 'to the point at short notice and has solid knowledge of all areas of law that a corporate has to deal with'" - The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Industry Focus: Food

    "Van Doorne attracts praise for 'its highly valuable combination of in-depth knowledge of this sector and business thinking'" - The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Industry Focus: Retail