Graduate Institute

PhD Viva: Jan Tolsdorf succeeds in Göttingen

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Tuesday 13 September 2022

In his doctoral thesis, Jan Tolsdorf dealt with data protection for employees - and he did so highly successfully: on 8 August 2022, he defended his dissertation titled "Investigation of Information Privacy in Employment: Fundamental Knowledge and Practical Solutions for the Human-Centered Design of Measures to Preserve the Right to Informational Self-Determination in Employment" in Göttingen and completed it with distinction.

In his dissertation project, Tolsdorf deals with the problem that employers are processing more and more personal data about their own employees in a digitalised working environment. Employees are not always aware of this and there is often a lack of transparency and know-how on the topic of data protection. In his dissertation, Jan Tolsdorf sheds light on employees' perceptions of privacy rights as well as their perceptions and expectations regarding the processing of their personal data. In addition, he shows ways in which employees who themselves have to process personal data of their colleagues can be supported in handling this data in a data protection-compliant manner. The results of his work provide a basis for the design and implementation of data protection measures that incorporate the views, expectations and abilities of employees.

His dissertation project was carried out as part of a cooperation between Prof. Luigi Lo Iacono's Data and Application Security Group at the Institute for Cyber Security & Privacy in the Department of Computer Science at H-BRS and Professor Delphine Reinhardt's Computer Security and Privacy Research Group at Göttingen University. Here, Jan Tolsdorf attended the PhD programme in Computer Science at the Georg-August University School of Science.

Initially, he will remain with the Institute for Cyber Security & Privacy of the Department of Computer Science as a research assistant in Professor Lo Iacono's research group. Afterwards, he can imagine both an academic and a private sector career. 

For those who are still at the beginning of their doctorate, he has the following advice:
 

„"Seize opportunities to get in touch with other PhD students, researchers and exchange ideas. From my point of view, this means above all attending the conferences and congresses in person again when there is the opportunity. Even though it costs a lot more time to attend than to participate online, the exchange is immensely worthwhile."”

Jan Tolsdorf, PhD in Computer Science 2022

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Jan Tolsdorf

Drittmittelprojekt "MedISA"

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Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

C172

Address

Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Telephone

+49 2241 865 9568
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Luigi Lo Iacono

Informationssicherheit, Daten- und Anwendungssicherheit

Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

C 210

Address

Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Telephone

+49 2241 865 9557

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Sankt Augustin

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F427 , F425, F423

Address

Grantham-Allee 20

53757 Sankt Augustin

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Montag-Freitag 9.00-13.00 Uhr telefonisch oder am Campus mit Termin

E-mail

gi@h-brs.de