Star II project


SupporT small And medium enterprises on the data protection Reform II (STAR II) ran August 2018 – December 2020.
During this period the STAR II project:


Reviewed the state of the art in DPA awareness-raising activities (Deliverable D2.1 DPAs’ efforts to raise awareness among SMEs)


Analysed SMEs’ experience within first months of the functioning of the GDPR (D2.2 SMEs’ experience with the GDPR)


Ran an awareness raising campaign for SMEs about the hotline run by NAIH (D3.1 Report on the awareness-raising campaign)


Ran a hotline (12 months) to respond to SMEs’ email queries; based on these queries prepared a list of the most frequently asked questions (D3.2 Report on the hotline & D3.3 Report on the statistics and efficiency of the hotline)


Prepared a digital guidance for DPAs on good practices in running an e-mail hotline and raising SME awareness (D4.3.A Finalised guidance for DPAs), and


Prepared an innovative, FAQ-based handbook (digital and printed) for SMEs on EU personal data protection law (D4.3.B Handbook for SMEs + a Hungarian version)


Coordinator: Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság (National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH), the Hungarian DPA). NAIH devotes many efforts, in addition to its daily routine of supervisory activities, to awareness-raising activities, preparation of training materials and teaching. NAIH disseminates updated information on the reform of the EU data protection legislation. NAIH pays special attention to the activities and support of DPOs.


Since its creation in 2003, the interdisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) has focused upon the articulations of law, science, technology, ethics and society, taking technological developments and their consequences as a starting point. Although LSTS’s core expertise is legal, it also has a strong track record in legal theory, philosophy (of law, of sciences and of technology) and it notably engages in criminological (surveillance and security), science and society studies (STS). LSTS’s challenges include studying and (re)thinking the constitutive and legal framework of democracies in relation to contemporary scientific and technological developments that seem to confront individuals with irreversible decision-making processes with a major impact on their lives.

Trilateral Research Ltd

Trilateral Research Ltd (TRI) is based in Ireland and has a related entity in the United Kingdom, with which it shares resources and expertise. TRI is a multidisciplinary research services company. Its team collaborates across social science and technology development to bring insights from each into supporting data-driven innovation. TRI provides research, advisory and technology development services to private and public-sector organisations. TRI is widely published in the field of privacy policy research and has been closely tracking the impacts and changes arising from the GDPR across several domains. Training is delivered by domain experts intimately involved in TRI’s research and consultancy activity as well as their wider fields of expertise.

Who we are


Building on the legacy of previous collaborative projects, the consortium brings together an extensive research experience and knowledge in the field of data protection and its governance.

The partners worked together in the following projects:





Our advisory board

We received feedback and comments from the external advisory board members who represent or work closely with the key stakeholders of STAR II – DPAs and SMEs (including DPOs).

Macedonia / Germany

Mrs. Trajkovski is Senior Consultant and Managing Director of the Macedonian consulting company Trajkovski & Partners.
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Mr. Hendrickx works at the UEAPME (European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) secretariat in the unit concerning competitiveness of enterprises & external relations, legal affairs.
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Italy / Belgium

Mr. Toffaletti works at the European DIGITAL SME Alliance in Brussels, Belgium.
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Mr. Janza is the managing partner of Ex Ante, a Budapest based consulting company.
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Dr. Zemplényi is a labour law specialist and deputy chief legal officer at the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI).
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