Christina-Maria Schwaiger


CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Gauermanngasse 2
1010 Vienna
Languages German, English

Christina Maria Schwaiger joined CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz as an associate in May 2019. She primarily works in the TMC field with a focus on data protection. She previously worked for the Austrian Data Protection Authority for several years, where she gained valuable experience in national as well as cross-border litigation.

She graduated in Law at the University of Salzburg in 2015. During her studies, she was a research assistant at the Institute for Public Law, International Law and European Law, primarily working in the fields of data protection and IT law. After completing the mandatory legal traineeship at the district court for the tenth district in Vienna and the regional court of Wiener Neustadt, she started to work as an officer at the Austrian Data Protection Authority. Her responsibilities in the field of domestic affairs included complaint procedures and drafting opinions on new draft laws. After the head of the Austrian Data Protection Authority was appointed to chair the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), Christina Maria Schwaiger also took on responsibilities on a European level. For instance, she supported the EDPB’s international transfers expert group and joined this group for the second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield in October 2018. During her time at the Data Protection Authority, she also completed a bachelor’s programme in Commercial Law and basic training for federal administrative staff (according to the Federal Chancellery’s ordinance on basic training).

She regularly delivers lectures and publishes papers on topics related to data protection. She is also a lecturer at Danube University Krems, teaching in the Data Protection and Privacy post-graduate degree programme.

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  • 2019 – Basic training for administrative staff incl. exam
  • 2018 – LLB.oec., University of Salzburg
  • 2015 – Mag. iur., University of Salzburg 
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  • Teilkommentierung (Commentary on selected issues), in: Jelinek, Schmidl, Spanberger (eds.), Kommentar zum Datenschutzgesetz (2018).
  • Der Datenschutzbeauftragte (The Data Protection Officer), in: Weka (ed.), Praxiswissen Datenschutz (2017).
  • Biometrische Gesichtserkennung (Biometric facial recognition), in: Jahnel (ed.), Datenschutzrecht. Jahrbuch 2016 (2016) 193.
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Lectures list

  • Data Processing at Public Authorities (Judicial System and Administration), lecture in the Data Protection and Privacy post-graduate degree programme, Danube University Krems
  • Regular meetings on data protection in 2019, ARS – Akademie für Recht, Steuern und Wirtschaft
  • Experiences with the GDPR from the Austrian Data Protection Authority’s Perspective, lecture at imh’s annual conference on data protection 2019
  • GDPR Bootcamp 2018, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco
  • First Experiences with the GDPR, lecture at Manz’s annual conference on internet law 2018
  • Intensive workshop on data protection law: Austrian Data Protection Act and GDPR, Austrian Federal Academies of Public Administration in Vienna and Vorarlberg
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