Consulting
Group

Ethics, Privacy and
Data Protection

About us
We provide consultancy and research in ethics, privacy, and societal acceptability to businesses, non-profits, and public bodies

About the company

AND Consulting Group is an ethics and privacy consultancy, based in Brussels.

We promote socially responsible business and innovation practices.

We help organisations of all kinds demonstrate commitment to ethical, socially responsible behaviour. Our EPSA Management Service provides a comprehensive framework for:

  • managing risks in ethics, privacy, and data protection;
  • earning trust from your stakeholders;
  • building a reputation for social responsibility;
  • demonstrating commitment through transparent reporting.

Our expertise

We specialise in identifying and managing ethics and privacy risks to organisations, individuals, and communities.

Our EPSA Management Service provides a non-disruptive, simple-to-implement plan which enables organisations of any size to build ethics into their core activities. In this way, we support our clients in earning stakeholders’ trust and building a reputation for social responsibility.

We promote responsible research and innovation in collaborative research projects. We bring extensive experience and expertise in ethics, privacy and data protection, fundamental rights, and human factors. We regularly take part in research consortia as full partners, or on a contractual basis. We welcome expressions of interest concerning EU co-funded research and innovation projects addressing societal challenges.

Our philosophy

Driven by the conviction that the goals of business and society
are complementary, we approach our work from a baseline of
three core thoughts:

1.
Never forget the basic
question

There are better and worse ways of doing anything. But before you get to the how, there is a should: should you be doing this at all? An organisation unwilling to pose this basic question to itself – and to change plans if the answer is ‘no’ – cannot call itself socially responsible.

2.
A connected
approach

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) prompted organisations across Europe and beyond to review their data processing practices. This was a positive thing. But data protection is only part of an organisation’s obligation to its stakeholders. That’s why we insist on a connected approach: data protection and ethics, ethics and privacy, privacy and data protection. Issues in ethics, privacy and data protection have to be tackled together. At AND, that’s just what we do.

3.
Flexibility and
realism

It can be challenging to identify and meet ethics, privacy, and data protection requirements. The issues can be complex and, when budgets are tight, with your team already busy with a hundred other tasks, it’s not simple to allocate resources effectively. We are realistic about these challenges. That’s why we tailor our advice to the capacities of the organisations we work with: effective recommendations, with easy-wins identified and prioritised, flexibly implemented.

Leadership team

AND was founded by Andrew Rebera and Dimitris Dimitriou in 2018. Together they have created a small, dynamic group of experienced professionals, with academic and professional backgrounds in ethics, philosophy, data protection and privacy, fundamental rights, and social psychology.

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Andrew Rebera

Director

Andrew Rebera (DPhil, CIPM) is a Director at AND Consulting Group. He specialises in ethics and data protection impact assessments, ethics risk management, and the development of privacy management structures. He is a ‘Certified Information Privacy Manager’ (accredited by the IAPP).

Highly experienced in collaborative research, Andrew has worked on international projects on issues including privacy, biometrics, security and policing, CBRN events, crisis management, migration and the refugee crisis, informed consent, and digital marketplaces. He has also served as an independent ethics advisor on projects in these and similar areas, including human trafficking and the experiences of victims of crime.

Andrew has published peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and encyclopaedia entries on ethics, fundamental rights, and technology. Currently his main research interests focus on research ethics, including the nature of informed consent and research with vulnerable communities.

Selected Publications

Rebera, A. P. (2019). ‘Building Ethics into CBRNE Security’. In D. P. O’Mathúna & I. de Miguel Beriain (Eds.), Ethics and Law for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosive Crises (pp. 37–51). Springer International Publishing.

Rebera, A.P. (2015). ‘Disaster Ethics’. In: J. Britt Holbrook (ed.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, Vol. 1, 2nd edition (pp. 593-595). Macmillan Reference USA.

Rebera, A. P., & Rafalowski, C. (2014). On the Spot Ethical Decision-Making in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Event) Response. Science and Engineering Ethics, 20(3), 735–752.

Mordini, E., & Rebera, A. P. (2012). No Identification Without Representation: Constraints on the Use of Biometric Identification Systems. Review of Policy Research, 29(1), 5–20.

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Dimitris Dimitriou

Director

Dimitris Dimitriou (MSc) is a Director at AND Consulting Group. He specialises in ethics risk management and the development of guidelines, policies and procedures, with extensive experience in ethics and societal acceptability research.

Dimitris has served as scientific project manager and ethics supervisor in a number of international projects funded under the EC 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. Dimitris has contributed in research domains including health risk communication, surveillance and cross-border security, migration and the refugee crisis, and psychosocial support for older people and children. Dimitris has a background in health and environmental psychology.

At present, Dimitris’ main research interests include the ethics of informed consent in clinical research and the ethics of AI in healthcare systems.

Selected Publications

Rebera, A.P., & Dimitriou, D. (2021). Premature consent and patient duties. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-021-10024-5

Gesualdo, F., Dimitriou, D., … et al. (2021). Digital tools in the informed consent process: A systematic review. BMC Medical Ethics, 22(18). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12910-021-00585-8

Gesser-Edelsburg, A., Dimitriou, D., … et al. (2015). The public sphere in emerging infectious disease communication: Recipient or active and vocal partner? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 9(4), 447-458.

Rebera, A.P., & Dimitriou, D. (2013). The art of reading a face: Prospects for automated emotion detection. In A. Freitas-Magalhaes (ed.), Emotional Expression: The Brain and the Face, Fourth Volume: Studies in Brain, Face and Emotion (Universidade Fernando Pessoa Press).

Selected Publications

Rebera, A. P. (2019). ‘Building Ethics into CBRNE Security’. In D. P. O’Mathúna & I. de Miguel Beriain (Eds.), Ethics and Law for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosive Crises (pp. 37–51). Springer International Publishing.

Rebera, A.P. (2015). ‘Disaster Ethics’. In: J. Britt Holbrook (ed.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, Vol. 1, 2nd edition (pp. 593-595). Macmillan Reference USA.

Rebera, A. P., & Rafalowski, C. (2014). On the Spot Ethical Decision-Making in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Event) Response. Science and Engineering Ethics, 20(3), 735–752.

Mordini, E., & Rebera, A. P. (2012). No Identification Without Representation: Constraints on the Use of Biometric Identification Systems. Review of Policy Research, 29(1), 5–20.

Selected Publications

Rebera, A.P., & Dimitriou, D. (2021). Premature consent and patient duties. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-021-10024-5

Gesualdo, F., Dimitriou, D., … et al. (2021). Digital tools in the informed consent process: A systematic review. BMC Medical Ethics, 22(18). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12910-021-00585-8

Gesser-Edelsburg, A., Dimitriou, D., … et al. (2015). The public sphere in emerging infectious disease communication: Recipient or active and vocal partner? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 9(4), 447-458.

Rebera, A.P., & Dimitriou, D. (2013). The art of reading a face: Prospects for automated emotion detection. In A. Freitas-Magalhaes (ed.), Emotional Expression: The Brain and the Face, Fourth Volume: Studies in Brain, Face and Emotion (Universidade Fernando Pessoa Press).

Praise for our work

“The ethical requirements have been well integrated”

(EU project review)

“The work on ethics related deliverables is excellent”

(EU project review)

“The work on the ethics aspects and the process structuration is excellent”

(EU project review)

“The work on [the] ethics related deliverable is excellent”

(EU project review)

“Regarding ethics: the work carried out helps to prevent future legal issues regarding technologies developed”

(EU project review)

“The WP leader [AND] put in place strategies (e.g. practical guide, review protocols template) to well harmonize the work of the different tasks”

(EU project review)

“Proposed strategies for data management are presented in detail, and are very well-conceived”

(EU project proposal evaluation)

“The quality of the management of research data is very good. It is well described and includes ethics management in WP1”

(EU project proposal evaluation)