José Belo (FIP, CIPP/E, CIPM) is a jurist specializing in privacy and data protection, with a particular focus on the resulting relations between privacy, data protection, and technology. With a degree in law from the Law School of the University of Coimbra, José also has a certificate in Law & Technology from the University of California (Berkeley), focusing on U.S. intellectual property and privacy laws.
José is currently data protection and privacy senior counsel at Exigo Luxembourg, where he serves as DPO of banks in the financial industry, as well as legal and practical counsel and compliance officer, also in the financial sector. In addition, he is co-chair of the IAPP Luxembourg Chapter.
José is also DPO of Cryptovillage Portugal, an application of a permissionless blockchain to a tourist village. The use of the blockchain not only enables permanent recording of customer data, payment in Villacoin throughout the village, but also management of agricultural production irrigation and use of drones to detect fires around the village, record fires in a blockchain, and autonomously trigger emergency services.
José has authored several scholarly articles on data protection and technology, including at the University of Lisbon, the Journal of Data Protection and Privacy, and the Data Protection Leader magazine (associated with Data Guidance and Hogan & Lovells). He has also been invited to talk about the intersection of technology (artificial intelligence and blockchain) and privacy and data protection. He had a remarkable presence at the IAPP France Data Protection Intensive (Paris, France) in February and at the intellectual property and privacy conference (Bucharest, Romania).