I was born in Saarbrücken/Saar which is close to the french border. So it was rather natural that I crossed the border after the college to live in France. I studied law at the University of Saarland and Université de Nancy II. I finished my law studies and became a research assistant at the University of Saarland before joining the W3C-Team. Today, I'm W3C's Legal Counsel & Privacy Activity Lead dealing with contractual & patent issues, privacy issues of the Web, some Security and doing some general policy analysis for the Technology & Society domain of the W3C.