Manuel David Masseno, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Law

Polytechnic Institute of Beja Beja, Portugal




One of the great challenges facing the tourism industry is the protection of personal data.  Dr. Masseno will speak about how Europe is handling this problem, the challenges and the successes and what people in other parts of the world should consider.


Manuel David Masseno is an Associate Professor of Law at the Polytechnic of Beja, Portugal, where he is at the Coordination of Lab UbiNET – Computer Security and Cybercrime and of MESI – Master Program on Computer Security Engineering. As an expert in Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Law, he has been lecturing at the Doctoral Program on Comparative and Personal Rights of the University of Salerno, in Italy, and at the Master Program on Law and Computing of the University of Minho, Portugal, as well as in several Brazilian, Finnish, Spanish and Turkish Universities. Besides, he is a Member of the Permanent Committee on Information Security of APDSI – the Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society and a Member of CIIWA – the Competitive Intelligence and Information Warfare Association, in Portugal; the International Relation Director of IBDI – theBrazilian Institute of Computer Law, a Consultant Member of the Electronic Law and High Technology Crimes Commission of the São Paulo Bar Association, in Brazil; and a Member of LexConverge – Consortium of Convergent Technologies and Law, based in Malta. Professor Masseno is also a Member of International Advisory Board of theInternational Review of Law, Computers & Technology and of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Law and Technology, both in the United Kingdom, of the Science Council of RBMAD - Revista Brasileira de Meio Ambiente Digital e Sociedade da Informação, in Brazil, and of the Editorial Board of Безпека інформації / Information Security, in Ukraine.


Regarding Tourism related issues, besides lecturing Tourism Law for more than 20 years at the Polytechnic of Beja and organizing several International Conferences on the subject in Portugal and Brazil, he is a former Member of the Board of IFTTA – the International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates and a former Vice-President of SIDETUR – the Ibero-American Society of Tourism Law. He also created and administers the Lex Turistica Nova Weblog, as well as the related forums in Google Groups and in Facebook, and is a founding Member of STELA – the Space Travel Law Association.


More recently, Professor Masseno became the Director for Portugal / Europe of ABIME – the Brazilian Association of Electronic Press Media.


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