Maja Nisevic

Maja Nisevic
Maja Nisevic


Maja Nisevic’s academic career started in 2013 at the University of Vienna, where she began her first PhD studies under the supervision of Nikolaus Forgo. She passed all the exams and defended all the obligatory seminars. Still, she was not awarded a PhD from the University of Vienna because she started her second PhD studies at the University of Verona.

Nisevic holds a PhD from the University of Verona in European and International Law Sciences regarding Legal Issues on Data in Information Society. Her PhD project was funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Maria Skłodowska Curie Action under the frame of the INVITE project at the University of Verona. Her PhD thesis, “Profiling consumers through Big Data Analytics: The interplay between the GDPR and Unfair Commercial Practices Directive”, focused on interdisciplinary research of profiling as a technology tool, legal requirements in the context of profiling, including comparative analysis of case law when it comes to personal data processing and analysis of the interplay between the GDPR and the UCPD when it comes to profiling. Beside profiling and Big Data, Nisevic has research interests in AI, XAI, comparative analysis of data protection and theoretical analysis of lex specialis and lex generalis in the data and privacy protection field. 

Nisevic currently works at the Centre for IT and IP Law (CiTiP) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Before joining CiTiP, she worked as a Researcher at the University of Verona, as an Assistant Attorney General in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as a lawyer in domestic and foreign law firms.


PhD candidate: Maja Nisevic
Supervisor: StefanoTroiano
Title: Profiling consumers through Big Data Analytics: The interplay between the GDPR and Unfair Commercial Practice Directive
PhD Programme: European and International Legal Sciences

It is intuitively understood that the age of Big Data – and the technological phenomenon of Big Data Analytics – is upon us.  Undoubtedly, they have opened up a new perspective on reality; it is through technological changes such as these that nowadays  we try to understand the world. In the digital world, for  commercial business-to-consumer transactions, the consumer is in a weaker position than the business  The consumer shops at a distance and increasingly relies on online platforms to come to a decision. In addition, many traders provide products or services in exchange for the consumer’s personal data, which are then used to further profile consumers. This state-of-the-art should be reflected in the law, ensuring the transparency of online marketplaces, giving enforceable rights to consumers, and providing dissuasive sanctions against rogue traders.

In light of the impact of Big Data Analytics, this book investigates the profiling of consumers through Big Data Analytics, with the main focus on the interplay between the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and European Union Unfair Commercial Practice Directive (UCPD). Hence, this research project involves a detailed analysis of the GDPR and UCPD in consumer profiling via Big Data Analytics, addressing the issue of consumer and data protection law as it may be applied comparably and in a complementary manner to the data economy. Considering the interplay between the GDPR and the UCPD, this research project maps out the existing regulatory rules applicable inside European Union concerning consumer profiling via Big Data Analytics. The mapping of the current regulatory rules relating to consumer profiling by Big Data Analytics includes comprehensive data collection, comprising norms for data protection and the meaning of unfair commercial practice in the European Union. Therefore, the research project generates comprehensive information on the legal status quo – what is permitted and what is not, what may be legally contentious, and where there are legal uncertainties or gaps. The project conducts a normative inquiry on whether and how data protection and the meaning of unfair commercial practice inside the European Union address consumer data and consumer profiling questions through Big Data Analytics. In addition, this research project takes a comparative approach regarding the application of the UCPD and the processing of personal data inside the European Union.

The importance of this research is not confined to the legal sphere. It is also significant in  the economic area because personal consumer data, in the digital market, are economic assets. They are used to develop market services, consumer profiles, and, ultimately, to influence consumer behaviour. Additionally, research may be helpful in the sphere of technology science. Predictive Big Data Analytics, indeed, depends on the data collected. The quality of the collected data is the main risk in terms of accuracy and completeness. If the data collected for Big Data Analytics and its ability to forecast behaviour excludes some consumers due to bias, the quality of the data and reliability of the foecasts becomes questionable. This may have discriminatory effects on consumers. In relation to the quality of the collected consumer data used in Big Data Analytics, data protection law and the meaning of privacy play a very significant role. Further interpretation of consumer profiling by Big Data Analytics can be useful to develop new and better solutions for the application of Big Data Analytics as a technology tool. Consequently, the research aims to reach a solid conclusion from the data, available to the public and easily accessible and reusable by scientists and experts.