Zihao Li

Research title: Data protection in the context of online personalised pricing in the EU and China: A comparative analysis

Research Summary

Research Interests
  • Data Protection Law
  • Information technology Law
  • Internet and Intellectual Property Law
  • Cybersecurity and E-evidence Forensics
Research Assistance
  • Darwin Project for “5G + Connected and Autonomous Vehicles” (CAVs) – Took charge of legal landscape study especially focus on data protection and regulation law in the context of 5G and CAVs; Explored the date sharing between personal data, non-personal data under CAVs; Collaborating with Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.
  • OpenMinTeD – Review Open License Standardization and Compatibility in the context of Text and Data Mining and supplement annotation into a license matrix at University of Glasgow. Available at https://openminted.github.io/releases/license-matrix/
  • Cyber Security Antivirus ARP Attack Research at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China; – Utilized Veil and Metasploit in context of Kali Linux to test antivirus applications; Analysis digital evidence forensics of such cyberattacks based on Chinese cybersecurity law and Criminal law.
  • Gamed Based Cybersecurity Education Platform at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China; – Collaborative design a game-based education platform for data protection and cybersecurity legal education.


Additional Information

Zihao Li is a current PhD candidate at School of Law. He obtained his double Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science (BSc) and Law (LLB) in 2017, both from Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China. During 2015, he studied as an exchange student in University of California, Irvine. He also holds LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Digital Economy from University of Glasgow.

His research interests include information technology law, Internet law and cybersecurity with particular focus on data protection law. Zihao is also a member of the CREATe Centre and the Editorial Board Chair of IP society in University of Glasgow. Based on his interdisciplinary background, Zihao’s research aims to explore what is the best way for China to protect data in the increasingly widespread application of big data era.

In terms of internships, Zihao has had several internships in the Chinese People’s Intermediate Court, both in Criminal Court and Civil Court to assist judge to draft the verdict of several cases. He also had an internship in the Chinese Administration for Industrial and Commercial, assisting in the dealing with online intellectual property infringement.

As for extracurricular activities, he was the founder president of Information Technology Committee of IP society in University of Glasgow. He was also the vice president in Information Technology Association in Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications.