Els J. Kindt is an associate professor and senior legal researcher with respectively eLaw of Leiden University and the Centre for IT and IP Law (CITIP) of KU Leuven and is recognized as a specialist on legal aspects of biometric technologies. She published with Springer a monograph on privacy and data protection issues of biometric applications, and various articles and book chapters on the topic.
She gained her expertise on legal aspects of biometric data processing through close collaboration with engineers and technical experts and policy makers. She has been collaborating in several national and European research projects, including in the EU projects BioSec, Turbine, Fidelity, FastPass, Eksistenz and currently Victoria and iMars, all funded by the European Commission. She is also coordinating for KU Leuven two international training networks (ITNs) Trespass and Prima (starting 1st January 2020) in which she will be guiding the research of 4 Ph.D students.
She currently teaches European Privacy and Data Protection law in the Advanced Master IP and ICT law of the KU Leuven in Brussels and thought until end of 2019 Module 4 of the course ‘Biometrics and Privacy’, an online course (Certificate of Advanced Studies) by Unidistance, Switzerland. She is also an attorney at the Brussels Bar, Belgium.