Root Legal supports companies, organisations and citizens in complex legal challenges regarding privacy and security. The firm is founded by Ot van Daalen.

Ot van Daalen is an attorney specialised in privacy and security. In 2009 he relaunched the digital rights movement Bits of Freedom. As the director, he was closely involved in the creation of legislation in the field of privacy and internet freedom. He also worked at the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, the Dutch DPA, as a senior inspector, responsible for investigations into internet companies and the drafting of Article 29 Working Party opinions.

His knowledge of technology (he was a programmer) and his broad experience in public affairs and media set him apart as an attorney. Now he uses this unique experience to support companies, organisations and citizens, in court as well as in politics and in the media. He is particularly specialised in privacy compliance of complex technology projects and als works as a data protection officer.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Ot van Daalen is a privacy-researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. Before launching Bits of Freedom, he worked for years at the first-tier commercial law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, representing clients in the high-tech- and telecommunications sectors. Ot studied at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University in New York. He is an experienced speaker and is often asked as expert in the media. Ot is a member of the Dutch Association for Privacy Law (VPR), the Dutch Association for Information Technology and Law (NVvIR) and the Association for Media- and Communications Law (VMC).

Professional network and fees

Root Legal has a broad network of experts in law, security and academia. Where necessary, Root Legal works together with other experts.

Root Legal applies a standard rate of EUR 285 per hour (ex. VAT). Root Legal makes clear arrangements on the price of its services and applies reduced rates for NGO’s, startups and special cases. It is possible to agree on a fixed fee or a take a subscription on the basis of a retainer.

Root Legal handles cases in the public interest pro bono and where necessary helps to attract financing.


Root Legal strives to use free software where possible and to operate her IT-infrastructure in-house. This way, we guarantee our independence and the privacy and security of our clients.


Ot van Daalen has registered as his specialisation the legal practice area Privacy law in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister). Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.