On January 1, 2014, Andrea Jelinek, who holds a doctor degree in law, took over the Austrian Data Protection Authority. While still a student, she worked as a consultant at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), then as a trainee lawyer and from 1991 as a legal officer at the General Secretariat of the Austrian Rectors' Conference. Two years later she moved to the Ministry of the Interior, where she first worked as a legal officer and later as head of department in the legal and legislative department. One of her special fields - asylum and immigration law - should also determine her further career. From October 2010 to June 2011 she took over as head of the Vienna Foreign Police. Before that, in 2003, she was the first woman in Vienna to be appointed head of a police commissioner's office.
Since February 2018, she has also been the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party.