The law graduate Mag. Maria Mercedes Ritschl who specializes in public commercial law works as legal policy expert at the Federation of Austrian Industry. For her, standards provide certainty and orientation in a fast growing, technological environment and an opportunity for facilitating day-to-day work in enterprises. In her work, Maria Mercedes Ritschl focuses on the fields of data protection, competition and administrative criminal law. Ritschl co-authored the publication "Neuerungen im europäischen Datenschutzrecht für Unternehmen" on new developments in European data protection law for enterprises.
The Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs has appointed her a member of the Competition Commission for a four-year term on which she also serves as a deputy chairperson. She stands out by her curiosity, competency and reliability and contributes these characteristics also to the Presidential Council of Austrian Standards.