Training, dissemination and disclosure of specific knowledge regarding security and privacy is a growing concern for European Union (EU) citizens and organizations. With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), individuals, companies and organizations take back control over their own online identities and over how such data is collected and used by others. It seems likely that Health and financial Institutions are the main actors affected by the change, but GDPR goes far beyond, affecting almost any company who storages -and processes with any objective- personal data.
GDPR is a step forward to preserve our rights, achieving greater transparency and trust around data collection and its sharing. Even people planning to work outside EU will benefit from this regulation, since as of May 2018, any interaction with EU customer data is protected by the same standards. However, given our almost-universal dependence from foreign technological solutions (operating systems, cloud-based solutions, office suites, social media platforms, etc.) it is essential to know what we are facing in the scope of this new law, and how it interacts outside the EU.
The Research Institute of Applied Sciences in Cybersecurity (RIASC) from Universidad de León and the Centro Universitario de la Defensa from Universidad de Zaragoza are two organizations dedicated to contribute to the development of science and culture in the field of cybersecurity. Their academic curricula are focused on data treatment, protection against cybersecurity threats and legal aspects of international cyber law.
On such scenario, this project intends to raise awareness of GDPR among young people through information and dissemination activities concerning this regulation. Given our experience, we aim to make this collective think about its consequences on their future jobs or initiatives and its legal implications on using foreign technologies that collect and manage their personal information.


Camino Fernández Llamas

Associate Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Fernández has wide experience in Computer Science and has been teaching in the Master degree on Cybersecurity for five years. Dr. Fernández is the academic coordinator of this project. She has coordinated and participated in twenty European and national research projects in her twenty-three years of experience after getting a degree in Computer Science, a master degree in Knowledge Engineering and a PhD by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She has been part (2010-2014) of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) whose mission is to promote quality assurance (QA) in the system of higher education in Spain contributing to the consolidation of the European Higher Education Area and accountability to society.
Finally, she has also long experience as scholar in several Spanish universities, and also as visitor in European and American universities.

Tamara Álvarez Robles

Constitutional Law Faculty

Doctora Cum laude, mención internacional: "El derecho de acceso a Internet en el constitucionalismo español" por la Universidad de León; Máster en asesoría Jurídica de empresas por la Universidad de León; "Grado en Gestión y Administración Pública"; por la Universidad de Oviedo. PDI Derecho Constitucional Universidad de Vigo; Colaboradora en las asignaturas de: Máster en investigación en ciberseguridad: Aspectos humanos e implicaciones jurídicas de la ciberseguridad de la Universidad de León y Derecho de seguridad de datos de las Universidades de Burgos, Valladolid y León.

Ricardo Rodríguez Fernández

Associate Professor in Computer Languages and Systems

Ricardo J. Rodríguez received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor at University of Zaragoza, Spain. His research interests include performance and dependability system analysis, digital forensics, and program binary analysis. He has participated as speaker (and trainer) in several security conferences, such as NoConName, Hack.LU, RootedCON, Hack in Paris, MalCON, or Hack in the Box Amsterdam, among others. He is the leader of a research line devoted to computer security in the University of Zaragoza (

Alexis Gutiérrez Fernández

PhD Student

Graduated in Computer Engineering from the University of León in 2016. He is granted with an FPU fellowship of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades of Spain to develop his PhD. He has participated and participates in several research projects, both national en european projects.

María de las Mercedes Fuertes López

Professor of Administrative Law

Professor of Administrative Law at the University of León and Permanent Member of the General Codification Commission of the Spanish Government. She has published numerous monographs among which the following stand out in the field of new technologies and Internet Law: - Redes inalámbricas municipales. Nuevo servicio público, Marcial Pons, 2005; - Neutralidad de la Red ¿realidad o utopía?, Marcial Pons, 2014; as well as other studies such as “Net neutrality, open data and the health of democratic system” (2016); “Netzneutralität und Verfassungsrecht” (2017).

Francisco Javier Rodríguez Lera

Associate Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Francisco J. Rodríguez received his Ph.D. degree in intelligent systems for engineering in 2015 from the School of Industrial Engineering and Information Technology at University of León (Spain). Currently, he is working as a researcher in the Mobile Robotics Group at University of León (Spain) after two years working as a postdoctoral research associate in the AI Robolab, which belongs to the Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) at University of Luxembourg. Much of his research interest lies on developing technologies for social robots able to interact and communicate with people in real human-robot interaction scenarios, particularly focus on four different topics : cybersecurity in autonomous systems, analyzing and developing solutions for Robots devoted to public spaces; cognitive architectures, designing motivational-oriented architectures able to generate natural behaviors in autonomous robots; software development and DevOps, delivering solutions in research and business scenarios; and AI solutions applied to context-awareness in human-robot interaction environments.

Miguel Ángel Conde

Associate Professor in Computers Architecture and Technology 

Dr. Miguel Á. Conde got his MSc (2008) and PhD (2012) from Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). He worked for GPM, a web development and multimedia company, on software development environments applied to education from 2002 till 2004. In 2005 he began working for Clay Formación Internacional R&D department where he was involved in different eLearning projects. From 2010 to 2012 he was researching at the University of Salamanca and also working there as a teacher. Now he works as an assistant professor at the University of León, that he joined in 2013. He is a member of the Robotics research group of the University of León and GRIAL research group of the University of Salamanca. His PhD thesis was focused on the merging of informal, non-formal and formal environments. He has published more than 100 papers about different topics such as eLearning, Service Oriented Architectures, Learning Analytics, Mobile Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Robotics, etc.

María Esther Seijas Villadangos

Professor of Constitutional Law

She holds a degree in Political Science and Sociology (UCM), with honors, and in Law (UNED). PhD in Constitutional Law (ULE), extraordinary award. Professor of Constitutional Law since 2019. She has enjoyed research stays at Universidade do Porto (2021), Centre for constitutional comparative Law, Melbourne (2019), George Mason University (Arlington), Rutgers Law University (New Jersey) (2017) and at University College of Dublin (Dublin) in 2015. The research career has been qualitatively focused on the study of issues related to territorial organization, social rights of the elderly and patients and the form of parliamentary government and the impact of new technologies in democratic and participatory processes.

Ángel Manuel Guerrero Higueras

Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture and Technology

Ángel Manuel Guerrero Higueras has worked as IT engineer at several companies in the private sector from 2000 to 2010 and 2014 to 2016. He also has worked as research assistant in the Atmospheric Physics Group at University of León from 2011 to 2013 and in the Research Institute of Applied Science to Cyber-Security at University of León from 2016 to 2018. He got his Ph.D. at the University of León in 2017. He currently works as Assistant Professor at University of León. His main research interests include robotic software architectures, cyber-security, and learning algorithms applied to robotics.

Vicente Matellán Olivera

Professor of Computer Architecture and Technology

Dr. Vicente Matellán Olivera got his PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Madrid. He was Assistant Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) (1993-1999). Associate Professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) from 1999-2008. In 2008 he joined Universidad de León (León), where he still serves as Full Professor in the Mechanical, Computer and Aerospace Engineering Department. He was the Director of the IT facilities of the Universidad de León (2008-2016), and since 2017 he is the CEO of the Fundación Centro de Supercomputación de Castilla y León, the regional High Performance Computing Center of Castilla y León (Spain). He has made more than 200 contributions in journals, books, and conferences.

Gonzalo Esteban Costales

PhD Student

Gonzalo Esteban received the Bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering and the M.Sc. degree in cybernetics from Universidad de León, Spain, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in computer science at Universidad de León, Spain. From 2011 to 2017 he was a Research Assistant with the Robotics Group of the Universidad de León. From 2017 to 2018, he has been a Research Associate with the Research Institute of Applied Science to Cyber-Security at the Universidad de León. Since 2019, he is a Research Associate in the Robotics Group of the Universidad de León, Spain. His research interests includes computer security, haptic simulators and virtual reality.

Juan Felipe García Sierra

Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture and Technology

PhD, Computer Engineer. He gained management experience as Senior Researcher at RIASC (Research Institute of Applied Sciences in Cybersecurity), Universidad de León, from 2014 to 2018, and Research Manager and Vice-Principal of the aforementioned institute from 2016 to 2018. He coordinated a MSc in Cybersecurity for three years. He has more than 1500 hours teaching as Lecturer, Director and Coordinator. Since 2008 he has collaborated with the Robotics Research Group at this University. From 2010 to 2014, he worked simultaneously as assistant professor and software developer. He has also worked as assistant researcher in National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests include robotics, attention control, artificial and computer vision, cybersecurity, and interdisciplinary research in health sciences - informatics.


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