Marju Lauristin is an Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats. She is an active member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, where she has previously worked on the data protection package and has now been appointed rapporteur of the new E-privacy Regulation. She has an academic career in social sciences and is a Professor in Tartu University since 1995. Prof. Lauristin was one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, minister of Social Affairs of Estonia, and member of the Estonian Parliament.