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Christina Maria Schwaiger


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

Field of activity

Christina Maria Schwaiger is an associate primarily in the field of technology, media and telecommunications (TMC). Her main focus is on data protection. She joined CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz as an associate in May 2019. Before that, she worked for several years at the Austrian Data Protection Authority, where she gained valuable experience in both national and cross-border litigation.

Previous professional experience / training

Christina Maria Schwaiger completed her law studies at the University of Salzburg in 2015. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Public Law, European Law and International Law, focusing on data protection and IT law. After completing her legal practice at the Favoriten District Court and the Wiener Neustadt Regional Court, she joined the Austrian Data Protection Authority as a lecturer. Her areas of expertise at the national level included the management of complaints procedures and the drafting of opinions on new draft laws. After the head of the Austrian Data Protection Authority took over the chairmanship of the European Data Protection Committee (EDSA), Christina Maria Schwaiger was also entrusted with essential tasks at the European level. During her time with the Authority, she oversaw the EDSA's International Transfer Expert Group and participated as a member of this group in the second annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shields in October 2018.

During her time with the Data Protection Authority, she also successfully completed her bachelor's degree in business law and the basic training of the general administrative service (in accordance with the basic training regulation of the Federal Chancellery).


Christina Maria Schwaiger regularly gives lectures in the field of data protection law and writes scholarly articles in the same field. She also lectures the postgraduate course "Data Protection and Privacy" at the Danube University Krems.

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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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  • 2019 – Basic training for administrative staff incl. exam
  • 2018 – LLB.oec., University of Salzburg
  • 2015 – Mag. iur., University of Salzburg 
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