My PhD research aims to better understand and justify the necessity of specific regulatory privacy protection (through legal and soft-law tools) for children on the internet. My Phd project has a twofold focus: exploring the normative reasons why children as agents need specific protection in law and analysing the current empirical situation (privacy risks online and regulatory mechanisms in the EU addressing them) in order to examine whether the established normative reasons are reflected in the current regulation and whether the existing regulatory mechanisms are able to mitigate the risks. The project merges social sciences (sociology, psychology, media and communication sciences) and law (especially law in human rights and data protection areas). s.


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Balboni P., Macenaite M., Privacy by Design and Anonymisation Techniques in Action: Case Study of Ma3tch Technology, Computer Law & Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice 29, 2013


Balboni P., Kroon U., Macenaite M., Data Protection and Data Security by Design Applied to Financial Intelligence, in Reimer H., Pohlmann N., Schneider W. (eds.) ISSE 2013 Securing Electronic Business Processes, Springer, 2013


Balboni P., Cooper D., Imperiali R., Macenaite M., Legitimate Interest of the Data Controller: New Data Protection Paradigm, International Data Privacy Law Journal, 3(4) 2013


Macenaite M., Paulikiene D., Skersyte I., Sinkuniene D., Vaiku privatumo apsauga internete. Vilnius: Lietuvos vartotoju institutas, 2011


Macenaite M., Protecting children's privacy online: a critical look to four European self-regulatory initiatives, European Journal of Law and Technology, 7(2) 2016







Other activities

Young Researcher at Vilnius Institute of Advanced Studies (VILIAS) (since 2015).

Supporting expert at ZEPHIRO: Progressive Platform for Human Rights (since 2015).

Fellow of the European Privacy Association (since 2012