The Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen is one of the largest faculties of law in the Netherlands. This four centuries old institution has a strong research tradition in both national and international fields of law including those areas of law that are directly related with the major societal problems we face every day like: Technology law, Cybercrime, Health law, Climate law, Sustainability, etc.
STeP, the ‘Security, Technology and e-Privacy’ research group, is an interdisciplinary team of researchers organised within the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies. As can be derived from the name, the three main areas of research in which STeP is involved are: security, technology and privacy. The research group covers different aspects of each of these areas that are researched in their broadest sense and that are very much inter-related at the same time.
STeP is a large and dynamic research group and has to date built up the largest portfolio of participation in Security, Technology and Privacy research projects out of all universities in the Netherlands. STeP currently coordinates the Cybersecurity Noord-Nederland project and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action ESSENTIAL (Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law) and is a partner in several other European funded projects.
In the Mirror Project the STeP team of the University of Groningen leads the Work Package on Legal, Societal and Ethical issues (WP3). The team not only has a very strong track record in analysing legal issues in Security research projects but also in leading similar Work Packages and coordinating efforts with experts in the societal and ethical domain. Furthermore, STeP is involved in WP10 bringing in their experience in performing pilot studies, in WP9 for linking WP3 results to the actionable insights created in WP9 and in dissemination activities in WP11.