Rachel Finn

Rachel Finn is Practice Manager as part of the Applied Research and Innovation team at Trilateral Research.

She leads a team and manages projects and research focused on privacy, data protection and social impacts of current and emerging data technologies and practices; including issues relevant to big data, open data, open government, security technologies (especially drones) and standardisation.

Rachel is involved in the Big Data Value Association, the Open Data Institute and the Surveillance Studies Network. She provides regulatory and policy advice for European, national and institutional policy-makers on the responsible implementation of new technology systems.



Rachel is widely published and has a number of often-cited publications, including “Unmanned aircraft systems: Surveillance, ethics and privacy in civil applications” and “Seven types of privacy“. Her latest book, Open Data in the Knowledge Society, is available as an open access publication.

Rachel holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester.