Joost Gerritsen: AI, Data & Privacy Lawyer.


Expert on AI, Data & Privacy

With more than 13 years of experience, lawyer Joost “Legal Beetle” Gerritsen is a household name. He helps organisations in government, education, healthcare and business navigate through the jungle of legislation on data & technology.
He does so in an accessible way – always with a smile.

In addition to being a lawyer, Joost is an established author, researcher and speaker. Always in the field of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, robotics and big data.
He is the co-founder of the Association of AI Lawyers (VAI-A), CEO of Digibeetle and frequent guest at the PrivacyPod.

They rely on Joost

Since 2016, Joost has been committed to nice and loyal clients.
What do they think of Legal Beetle?


Joost is a sector specialist.
Does your organisation belong to one of these sectors?
Then you have come to the right place.


Data are part of modern education. Data about students and teaching staff. Research included. For example, based on social media.


Medical records contain valuable insights. Data solidarity, Personal Health Train and Personal Health Environments. What do these terms mean?


Ministries, municipalities and water boards want data-driven steering. This is easier said than done, but it can be done.


Closing data deals, setting out data strategies and establishing data cooperations. How do you best approach this?

Joost Gerritsen - AI, Data & Privacy Lawyer at Legal Beetle

“I enjoy working for clients with an ethical mindset. In an accessible way, and always with a smile.” – Joost

My publications & presentations

Joost is an established author, with more than 25 publications to his credit.
The Council of Europe, the European Commission (JRC)
and UNESCO picked up his work.
He also enjoys presenting. On AI, data and ethics.


Rathenau Institute (2022)

Society and synthetic cells – A position paper by the Future Panel on Synthetic Life



European Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) of the Secretariat of the European Parliament (2021)

Tackling deepfakes in European policy



Rathenau Institute (2020)

Data solidarity for health



Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2017)

Human rights in the robot age – Challenges arising from the use of robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality



When do you hire Legal Beetle?
What does Joost do?


Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA)

Sometimes an AI system or algorithm not only impacts someone’s personal data. But other human rights are also at stake, such as non-discrimination and freedom of expression. Joost fills in the legal side of assessments such as HRIA, IAMA and FRAIA.


Member of ethics committee

With his experience and a well-developed ethical compass, Joost is perfect for your committee overseeing your AI systems or organisation. Think ethics committees, advisory committees or oversight committees. Also nice: Joost is pleasant to deal with, polite and does his work from a cooperative attitude.


Legal-strategic policy

Drawing on his years of experience, Joost is happy to help you get the bigger picture. How does your organisation or constituency stay future-proof, amid chatbots, AI and robotics? Data altruism, open data, FAIR principles. What is your data vision?



Joost provides legal research at an academic level. Perfect for organisations like governments that need a foundation for their vision. Or for organisations that want to know what is coming their way. Think of research on artificial intelligence (AI), robotics or nudging.


Data Protection Impact Assessments

With over 100 DPIAs conducted, Joost helps you comply with the GDPR requirements to prepare a data protection impact. A must for data controllers, useful for processors with a passion for privacy.


Data Protection By Design

Designing privacy-friendly software and AI systems. This is easier said than done. Fortunately, Joost helps you get started.


Data agreements and covenants

Good contracts are the basis of good collaborations. For example, for data cooperatives, research institutes or other data-intensive organisations. Joost arranges the legal foundation.


Procurement assistance

How does your procurement department know if a software provider or developer is virtuous? Avoid misses and engage Joost to assist your buyers.


Mapping legislation

The number of laws for the digital domain runs into the dozens. There is also a lot coming. Don’t be surprised and Joost will find out for you what the laws mean for your organisation. Think of the Data Act, AI Act, Data Governance Act or the Open Data Directive.


Privacy statements

Joost writes clear no-nonsense privacy statements. Has to be, because this information has to be clear to everyone.


Cookie statements

A cookie statement is about any technology you use to read computers, or place data on them. Necessary for websites, but also for connected vehicles and other Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.


Licence agreements

Joost regulates your licensing housekeeping by drafting and managing proper licensing agreements. Perfect for organisations with proprietary IP rights such as database rights and large amounts of data.

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