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​Jens Harkov Hansen

Associate Partner, Attorney-at-law, CIPP/E, Head of Data Protection


Mobile: +45 3078 6687



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Jens Harkov Hansen is an associate partner and Head of Data Protection of Accura's data protection team.

Jens advises businesses and other organisations within data protection law in an interdisciplinary collaboration with Accura's IT & Outsourcing Team and Employment Team.

Jens has been engaged in data protection law since 2006 and, as a result, he has extensive experience advising on data protection and privacy. He advises on data protection in the broad sense, including data mapping, compliance programmes and data protection audits. Moreover, Jens has been intensively engaged in data protection in relation to employment law, including with respect to monitoring and control of employees, transfer of personal data between group companies, outsourcing and transfer to third countries. Jens also has experience within Binding Corporate Rules (BCR), data processor agreements and the interaction between social media and data protection law.

He also advises on CSR, in particular in an HR context.

Jens was one of the first Danish attorneys to become certified in European data protection law, and he is a certified IT attorney.

He joined Accura in 2017. Jens was admitted to the Danish bar in 2012 after having been employed with the Danish Data Protection Agency and the Danish Ministry of Justice and, in 2014, he achieved his CIPP/E credential.

He graduated in law from the University of Copenhagen in 2006.

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Languages and memberships

Scandinavian languages and English

Jens is a member of:

  • The Danish Bar and Law Society
  • Danish IT (Dansk IT)
  • Copenhagen Data Protection Forum
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • IAPP KnowledgeNet Denmark (co-chair)

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Teaching and publications

Since 2006, Jens has worked as an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen where he currently teaches "International Labour Law and Corporate Social Responsibility".

Jens is the author of a number of articles on data protection and privacy, including:

  • Anmeldelse af "PERSONDATAFORORDNINGEN – en håndbog for praktikere"​ (review of "THE DATA PROTECTION REGULATION – a handbook for practitioners"), published on 27 November 2016 in Advokaten no. 9/2016.
  • "The Privacy Shield finally adopted – but the problems might not be solved", published in Risk & Compliance in October 2016.
  • "Persondataforordningen rammer (også) advokatvirksomheder" (the Data Protection Regulation (also) affects law firms), published on 22 September 2016 in Advokaten no. 7/2016.
  • "The General Data Protection Regulation – the employers' perspective", published in June 2016 in Financier Worldwide.
  • "Fra persondatalov til persondataforordning – udvalgte temaer med fokus på HR" (From data protection act to data protection regulation – selected themes focusing on HR), published on 28 April 2016 in the magazine HR JURA Magasinet, no. 9.

In addition, Jens often gives speeches on data protection and privacy policies at seminars, courses and conferences in Denmark and abroad.