Dr. Christof Tschohl


Senior Researcher

phone: +43 1929 66 38
e-mail: christof.tschohl@vicesse.eu



Christof Tschohl is ICT engineer and lawyer and serves since 2012 as Scientific Director of the Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center in Vienna. He is primarily in charge of the development of research projects and publications on Human Rights and Information Technology and has been employed many years as a legal researcher for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and as post-doc Project Assistant at the University of Vienna. Mr Tschohl is furthermore the chairman of epicenter.works, formerly “working party on data retention” (AKVorrat.at). This NGO took action against the comprehensive blanket data retention of traffic data records of all public communication services and successfully conducted a lawsuit, supported by 11.167 people, at the Austrian constitutional court in this case. Together with a preliminary request from Ireland this lead to the abolition of the Data Retention Directive by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in April 2014.


Research focus

  • Data Protection
  • Digital Humanities
  • Surveillance Studies



  1. Handboock for the Evaluation of laws Against Terror in Austria (HEAT), online https://epicenter.works/sites/default/files/heat_1.1_0_0.pdf (2016), together with Ewald Scheucher, Dieter Kargl, Julia Luksan, Alexander Czadilek, Herbert Waloschek, Reinhard Kreissl, Kilian Klinger, Walter Hötzendorfer

  2. The legal dimension and provided solutions for the Internet of Things and industrial working relationship, in: Elektrotech Inftech, Springer (2016) 133: 345, together with Rolf Dieter Kargl and Walter Hötzendorfer [in German].

  3. Surveillance on employees, in: Practitioners Handbook work council (2015), Online-Book WEKA Publishing house [in German].

  4. Data Retention – Rise and Fall in Austria, in: Jahnel (Ed.), Yearbook Data Protection 2014, 31 – 54 [in German].

  5. Industry 4.0 from a legal Perspective, in: e&i – elektrotechnik und informationstechnik, Magazine of the Austrian Association for Electro Technology (OVE), 132. Edition 4.2014, accepted for publication, to be published in October 2014.