Analyst/Advisor details

Dr. Karsten Kinast Fellow Analyst

Cologne / Germany

> 10 years in several industries
At KuppingerCole since 2012

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Roles & Responsibilities at KuppingerCole:

In 2012, Dr. Kinast joined KuppingerCole as a Fellow Analyst and is focusing his research on Privacy and Data Protection

Background & Education:

Doctoral Thesis on Digital Rights Management vs. European Copyright Law;
Master of Laws Degree in European Legal Informatics;
Certified Data Protection Officer;
Lecturer at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences;
Author of legal publications on Data Protection.


Areas of coverage:

Privacy & Data Protection

Professional experience:

Dr. Karsten Kinast, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany), is founding Partner of the Law Firm “KINAST Rechtsanwälte” with an exclusive focus on Data Protection Law and IT Law. He serves as external Data Protection Officer for national and multinational companies. He is founder and CEO of data conform that awards data protection quality seals to companies that have successfully decided to set a focus on privacy issues. Also, he is a frequent author of legal publications in the field of data protection. Dr. Kinast is a certified Data Protection Officer and associate lecturer at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences with lectures in civil, copyright, media and contract law. He is a regular speaker on national and international data protection summits.

Recent blog posts


The Impact of the new EU Data Protection Regulation on the Finance Industry

After several negotiations und multiple drafts of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), its final text was adopted in April 2016. The GDPR updates the current EU Data Protection Directive according to the technological developments that have taking place during the last 20 years.…


Rebuilding the safe harbor is necessary

A current decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concerning the practice of transferring data from Europe into the USA brings many companies on both sides of the Atlantic to unrest: Many comments and publications spread the rumour that storing personal data on servers in the US is…


Cloud, Data Protection & Liability

Whether public, private or hybrid clouds, whether SaaS, IaaS or PaaS: All these cloud computing approaches are differing in particular with respect to the question, whether the processing sites/parties can be determined or not, and whether the user has influence on the geographical,…


Cloud Compliance Remains a Challenge

The cloud is reality – but still legally controversial in the details. So what do we need to consider for the future with regard to liability, especially as there are few practical alternatives for data management in the cloud and many already see the cloud as unmatched in value from an…


EU-Service Level Agreements for Cloud Computing – a Legal Comment

Cloud computing allows individuals, businesses and the public sector to store their data and carry out data processing in remote data centers, saving on average 10-20%. Yet there is scope for improvement when it comes to the trust in these services. The new EU-guidelines, developed by a…

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