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Privacy and Data: Law and Practice

9:00 am, 11 February 2019 to 6:00 pm, 12 February 2019

Privacy Laws

A two-day CPD course for lawyers and company executives working with IP, the media, public figures, in privacy, confidential information and managing third parties’ personal data.

Event Information

Open to

All

Organiser

UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

Location

UCL Laws, Bentham House

For the third year, UCL’s IBIL hosts its acclaimed exploration of the current state of play in privacy, business, technology and the law. 

Attendees from previous years have branded this event as “the best course I have ever attended”.

Featuring a world class line up of speakers from the top of their fields: presentations from international cyber security experts, from law enforcement and cryptographers, professionals working in data management for the state and for the private sector, experts in child protection, along with internationally respected lawyers, policymakers and privacy advocates.

This two-day CPD course is designed for lawyers and company executives working with IP, the media, public figures, in privacy, confidential information, security and in the management of personal data.

About the course

If the public has learnt anything from 2018’s outcry about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the “Official Zuckerberg Q&A International Tour”, and the sputtering implementation of GDPR, it could be that they need to re-consider what, exactly, is private about their lives. What do they mind or not mind about the incursions into their daily lives that technology has facilitated?

Technology has delivered convenience, widespread access to information and arguably created virtual communities across national borders. But at what cost? And what are those that question these innovations doing to challenge the shiny, new information regime?  Is it really possible effectively to protect your law firm’s privileged client materials, or can we expect another Mossack Fonseca data dump?

In determining what is protected and the extent to which it should be protected, how can we be fair in safeguarding personal or bodily rights along with the protection of property or commercial rights?  How does the aim of maintaining the integrity and safety of communities fit with both the technological capacity for and legal limitations on data sharing?

The vigour of the twin legal regimes of copyright and privacy both hinge on consent.  Yet it appears that consent is becoming increasingly elusive online, both for property owners and for individuals wishing to control what is done with information about them.  And just how much do individuals know?

Attendees’ feedback from previous years’ has included: “the  course actually turned out to be different from what I expected - but in a more stimulating way”;  “Mesmerising information”; “Fascinating content”; “Mind-blowing”; “Very well curated and managed”; “…having been brought into the subject of Data Protection by my firm, all I knew was whatever was provided by the law….with this course I received well rounded information, just as I expected”; “I received the UCL learning experience”; and “Good selection of complementary topics from a wide range of speakers”.

Places are limited so students are encouraged to apply early.

The areas covered

  1. Law Firms’ Protection of Privileged Client Files and Data
    A fresh look at the measures required to maintain security of materials held by law firms on behalf of their clients
  2. The Citizen: Democracy and Privacy

    An introduction to the Human Rights Act and the International Convention on Human Rights; citizen’s personal privacy; recent and current legal challenges

  3. Privacy, Freedom of Expression and the Press

    Celebrity, reputation and free speech: the public interest as opposed to what interests the public.

  4. Data Protection:

    An update on the implementation of the GDPR and the “one-stop shop” regulatory mechanism.   

  5. Global Data Transfer and Data Sharing
    International data exchange; social media being called to account.
  6. Children: Balancing Privacy and Protection with online freedoms
    Privacy, net neutrality and the protection of younger users of the internet from the influences of pornography, violence, harassment and radicalisation.
  7. Whistleblowing: the Law and Ethics of Leaking
    Employee obligations/duties to their employer; company whistle-blowers; when does an employee obligation cross the line in instances where they believe they serve the public interest?
  8. Private Data, Public Policy and Social Planning

    An exploration of the tension between government statistics and private ownership of data.  How do we reconcile the holding of data about private citizens, by private companies that protect it as commercially valuable proprietary information, with the issue that the same information may have value for the purposes of social planning to elected governments with a duty to their electorates?

  9. Applied Cryptography
    Privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols; anonymous electronic cash and identification; invisible access to databases; new techniques in the design and deployment of advanced cryptographic protocols.
  10. Privacy and Public Safety
    Responding to genuine threat:  the policy, legal and security justifications for access to citizens’ data and communications; cross-border co-operation in the fight against crime.
  11. “Professional” Privacy and Crime

    Should we afford special status to privacy when we know it can act as shield behind which control and abuse can take place? A look at current law in relation to money laundering and other financial high jinks that cannot always be concealed. Can we simultaneously allow business confidentiality, protection of proprietary information to shield illegal profit?

  12. Legal Constraints on Private Investigations

    The limitations placed by the justice system upon the search for evidence.

Fees

Fees including two days training, including all refreshments and materials.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL 14 December
Standard fee = £830.00 (£750 Early Bird)
UCL Alumni and UCL IBIL Sponsors - £705.50 (£650 Early Bird)

Book your place on the course

View the Provisional Programme
Monday 11th February 2019
9.30Introduction to the course and a consideration of the key features of privacy and how they might differ in the way in which society values them.
Amanda Harcourt
10.00The Citizen: Democracy and Privacy
An overview of current legal challenges to incursions into privacy protection.
Caroline Wilson Palow, General Counsel Privacy International
11:00Break
11:15Privacy, Freedom of Expression and the Press
Celebrity, reputation and free speech: the public interest as opposed to what interests the public.  
Andrew Lee, Partner, Brandsmiths LLP
 
12:15

Children: Balancing Privacy and Protection with Online Freedoms
Privacy, net neutrality and the protection of younger users of the internet from the influences of pornography, violence, harassment and radicalisation
Lisa Felton, Global Head of Services Regulation and Content Standards Vodafone and Chair of the Family Online Safety Institute

13:15Lunch
14:15

Law Firms’ Protection of Privileged Client Files and Data
The dramatic Mossack Fonseca data release suggests there is a need for a 21st century approach to measures needed to ensure security of materials held by law firms on behalf of their clients
Malcom Taylor, Head of Cyber Security at ITC Secure Networking TBC

15:15International Data Protection
Cross-border processing, governance and compliance under the GDPR.
Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
 
16:15

Litigating In Relation to Global Data Transfer and Data Sharing
A review of important cases relating to data sharing and security breaches, and the balance between the law, the media and the concerns of our political masters.
Dan Tench, Partner CMS Nabarro Olswang LLP

17:15The Facebook Case Study          
The ShareLab Project peered “under the bonnet” at Facebook examining the algorithms of this US tech giant. Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, questions about the power and the benignity of the tech sector have been growing.  The data our interactions provide feeds a complex set of algorithms that power a social phenomenon that few truly understand.
Professor Vladan Joler,   Associate Professor and Chair of the New Media Department, University of Novi Sad, Serbia.
18:00Day one ends
 
Tuesday 12th February 2019
09:30

“Professional” Privacy and Crime
Should we afford special status to privacy when we know it can act as shield behind which control and abuse can take place? A look at current law in relation to money laundering and other financial high jinks that cannot always be concealed.
Jane Glass, Partner BCL Solicitors LLP tbc

10:30Whistleblowing: the Law and Ethics of Leaking
Employee obligations/duties to their employer; company whistle-blowers; when does an employee obligation cross the line in instances where they believe they serve the public interest.
James Laddie QC, Matrix Chambers
 
11:30Break
11:45Private Data, Public Policy and Social Planning
An exploration of the tension between government statistics and private ownership of data. How do we reconcile the holding of data about private citizens, by private companies who protect it as commercially valuable proprietary information, with the issue that the same information may have value for the purposes of social planning to elected governments with a duty to their electorates?
Heather Savory, Director General for Data Capability & Deputy National Statistician at the Office for National Statistics  
 
12:45Lunch
13:45Applied Cryptography
Privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols; anonymous electronic cash and identification; invisible access to databases; new techniques in the design and deployment of advanced cryptographic protocols.
Dr Steven Murdoch, Computer Science Dept, UCL
 
14:45Privacy and Public Safety
Responding to genuine threat; the policy, legal and security justifications for access to citizens’ data and communications and pan-territorial collaboration.
Mr Dietrich Neumann, Head of Corporate Services, Europol.
 
15:45Tea
16:00Born in the USA
An insight into the dynamics of privacy and the US Department of Justice.  
Mark Zaid, Attorney at Law, Washington D.C.        
     
17:00

Privacy and Legal Constraints on Private Investigations
A demonstration of the realities of private investigation and the limitations placed by the justice system upon the search for evidence.
Jeffrey Katz, Chief Executive, Bishop Group

18:00Course ends
              

Venue

UCL Laws, Bentham House