UCL Faculty of Laws


Privacy and Data: Law and Practice

17 February 2020–18 February 2020, 9:00 am–6:00 pm

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.

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Hong Kong Alumni Room
UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens

Privacy and Data: Law and Practice will be running for the fourth year at UCL’s Institute of Band and Innovation Law on 17th and 18th February, 2020. 

This two-day CPD course is designed for lawyers qualified from 3 to 4 years,  and those working with IP, in privacy, confidential information, data security and management, in the media, with public figures, and developing technologies.

Featuring a world class line up of speakers from the top of their fields including private practice, the bar, law enforcement, and the technology & cryptography sector.  The course will feature presentations from international cyber security experts, professionals working in data management for the state and for the private sector, the media, and experts in child protection.

What has previously been said about the course: 

  • “an excellent, if not terrifying, overview”;
  • “startling”;
  • ”gripping”;
  • “brilliant, very information; intense, but wonderfully conveyed”;
  • “the right mixture of factual information and philosophical debate,
  • “the  course actually turned out to be different from what I expected - but in a more stimulating way”;
  • “the best course I have ever attended”

Over two days the participating speakers will discuss subjects including:
•    current legal challenges to invasions of privacy
•    data collection, its governance and current legal challenges to the dominance of the data giants
•    from the USA – censorship, government and free speech
•    the ethics of neural interface technology
•    the protection of reputation in the internet age
•    data and social planning
•    cryptography
•    surveillance
•    distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchain, and their regulation
•    security and international crime prevention
•    online protection of the vulnerable  
•    whistleblowing
•    tensions between legal privilege and the investigation of financial crime

Speakers include:

  • Dean Armstrong QC, The 36 Group, London
  • Sharyl Attkisson, US-based Author and Investigative Journlist
  • John Binns, Partner, BCL Solicitors
  • Dr Sarah Chan, University of Edinburgh
  • Amanda Harcourt, Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy
  • Julian Hayes, Partner, BCL Solicitors
  • Andrew Lee, Partner, Brandsmiths
  • Bob Matheson, Head of Advice and Advocacy, Protect
  • Dr Steven Murdoch, Principal Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, UCL
  • Barry Murphy, Vodafone Group
  • Dietrich Neumann, Head of Administration, EUROPOL
  • Jacob O’Brien, Solicitor, Associate, Brandsmiths
  • Andrew Orlowski, Founder, Think Of X
  • Caroline Wilson Palow, General Counsel Privacy International 
  • Simon Whitworth, UK Statistics Authority
  • Dr Michael Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights & Regulation, UCL Laws
Programme - draft @ 10 Jan 2020

Day One: 17th February 2020

08:30Registration and breakfast
09:00Session 1: The Year in Privacy and Data News        
Professor Amanda Harcourt, UCL
Commercial Surveillance and the Year in Privacy News
10:00Refreshments Break
10:15Session 2 Data Protection:                
Jacob O’Brien
, Senior Associate, Brandsmiths
GDPR: Eighteen months on from implementation: Where Are We Now?
11:15Session 3: The Citizen, Democracy and Privacy    
Caroline Wilson Palow
, General Counsel, Privacy International
Current Legal Challenges to Incursions into Privacy Protection.
12:15Session 4: International Data Collection and Data Transfer        
Dr Michael Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights & Regulation, Faculty of Laws, University College London
Data on the Move: Tech and Politics
14:15Session 5: Privacy, Reputation & the Public Interest    
Andy Lee
, Partner, Brandsmiths
Current Legal Developments in relation to Public Figures and the Press

Session 6: Privacy & the Criminal Law         
Julian Hayes & John Binns
Partner, BCL Solicitors
“Professional” Privacy and Crime 

16:15Refreshments Break
16:30Session 7: Privacy and Public Policy            
Simon Whitworth
, UK Statistics Authority
Private Data, Public Policy and the Public Good
17:30Session 8 KEYNOTE            
Government, Censorship & Journalism Today: a Journalist’s Perspective from the USA.    
Speaker: Sharyl Attkisson, US investigative journalist, author “Full Measure”.
18:30Day one ends

Day Two 18th February

09:00Session 1: Privacy, Law Enforcement & Security        
Dietrich Neumann
, Head of Administration, Europol
Privacy and Public Safety: The Role of International Law Enforcement
10:00Session 2: Whistleblowing                
Bob Matheson
, Head of Advice and Advocacy, Protect
The Law and Policy behind Protection for Whistleblowers: Does it Work?
11:00Refreshments Break
11:15Session 3: Encryption    
Dr Steven Murdoch
, Information Security Research, UCL/Royal Society Research Fellow, Innovation Security Architect, OneSpan,  Christ’s College, Cambridge University
What is Encryption, Do We Need It and How does it Work?
12:15Session 4: The Use and Regulation of Distributed Ledger Technology
Dean Armstrong QC, 36 Group
Ones and Zeroes: Can they transact, contract and protect?
14:15Session 5: Online Protection of Children        
Paul Cording
, Principal Consumer Services Regulation,
Group Regulation & Policy Development, Vodafone Group
Children: Balancing Privacy and Protection with Online Freedoms
15:15Session 6: Neural Implants and Privacy    
Dr Sarah Chan
, Chancellor’s Fellow, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, co-author of 2019 Royal Society Report “Mind and Machine”
The Ethics of the Computer/Human Interface
16:15Afternoon Tea
16:30Keynote: What Does the Future Hold?

Andrew Orlowski,  Founder  Think Of X, journalist/researcher –competition policy, the philosophy of computing, behaviourism and techno-utopian cults,            
New Network Economies and Architectures - a Speculative History

17:30End of Course


Speaker Profiles (in alphabetical order)
Dean Armstrong QC        
The 36 Group, London

Dean Armstrong is one of the UK’s top-rated barristers and QCs.  A highly successful legal academic career was followed by his current high-profile practice as a QC.  He is one of the most sought-after legal advocates increasingly in the arena of data and its use and misuse.  Dean has been involved in some of the most high profile cases of the last decade including R v Darwin ( the canoeist case ), R v Asil Nadir, R v Tabak ( murder of Joanna Yeates in Bristol ), and the cases involving the collapse of the News Of The World newspaper. He has also provided advice to those involved in both the “Cash for Honours”  and the Leveson inquiries.  His City background encompassed work with blue chip corporates and major City solicitors, advising on mergers and acquisitions, directors’ and shareholders’ rights and obligations, and regulatory regimes. His is an unusual combination of City based advisory experience and high level advocacy.  Consequently Dean has in recent years become increasingly involved in all matters cyber.  He is co-author of Cyber Security Law and Practice, an authoritative and thorough textbook in this new area and he has also advised the Law Commission on proposed changes to domestic data protection law.  His book Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: International Legal and Regulatory Challenges, published by Bloomsbury in September 2019 garnered much praise, addressing issues ranging from core DLT topics to the right to be forgotten and the internet of things.

Sharyl Attkisson    
US-based Author and Investigative Journlist
Sharyl Attkisson is an award-winning investigative reporter.  She is a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is author of two New York Times best sellers: “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How  You Vote,” and “Stonewalled.” She is host of the Sunday morning US national TV news program, Sinclair’s “Full Measure,” which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting.   “Full Measure” is broadcast to 43 million US households in 79 markets on 162 Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, MyTV, Univision and Telemundo affiliates. It also streams live Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. ET.  For thirty years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news. Attkisson is one of the few journalists to have flown in a B-52 on a combat mission (over Kosovo) and in an F-15 fighter jet Combat Air Patrol flight. She is a fifth degree black belt Master in TaeKwonDo.

John Binns        
Partner, BCL Solicitors
After obtaining his LLB at Kings College London, John completed an MPhil in Criminology at Cambridge.  The very early part of his career was spent in the Legal Services Commission, later joining a leading criminal/regulatory defence firm of solicitors.  His work at BCL has included representing suspects, defendants and witnesses in cases invoking allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud (including carbon credits, carousel/MTIC, land-banking, Ponzi and pyramid scheme frauds), insider trading, market abuse, price-fixing, sanctions-busting, and tax evasion. He has coordinated and undertaken corporate investigations and defended in cases brought by BEIS, the FCA, HMRC, NCA, OFT, SFO and others.  He has particular expertise in the myriad legal provisions on anti-money laundering (“AML”) requirements in the regulated sector under the Money Laundering Regulations (“MLR”), civil recovery and confiscation of the proceeds of crime, and criminal offences of money laundering under POCA, as well as related areas such as financial sanctions. With a respected practice internationally, John has represented individuals in challenges to the European Court of Justice against their inclusion on targeted sanctions lists arising from the Arab Spring, and advised on numerous Interpol Red Notices and extradition requests.  He has a particular expertise in challenging allegations made by overseas authorities on the basis of political motivation.

Dr Sarah Chan
Dr Sarah Chan is a co-author of the independent Royal Society report published in September 2019.  iHuman: Blurring the Lines between Mind and Machine which examined the impact of emerging neural interface technologies.  Heralded by The Lancet for recognising the “potential ethical, socio-political, and commercial concerns that might be introduced”, The Report expressly sets out recommendations to address the ethical risks of machines implanted in or on the body.  Dr Chan is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with the degrees of LLB and BSc(Hons) and spent some years as a laboratory scientist in the field of molecular biology before moving to work in science policy and bioethics. She received an MA in Health Care Ethics and Law and a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Manchester, where she was a Research Fellow in Bioethics from 2005 to 2015, first at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and from 2008 the Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation, where she was Deputy Director. Sarah joined the University of Edinburgh in August 2015. Her research interests and publications cover areas including the ethics of stem cell and embryo research and reproductive medicine, gene therapy and genetic modification, human enhancement, animal ethics and research ethics.

Amanda Harcourt    
Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy
Amanda Harcourt has been providing legal and policy advice within the creative industries for over 30 years with a focus on copyright, entertainment contracts, talent advocacy, rights management forensics, collective management of IP rights and policy.  Her work has included a consultancy at Endemol where she restructured their global rights management and business model for the Group's global music and secondary audio-visual rights raising revenues from low six figures to 2% of global turnover.  For 6 years she had a senior level roving brief at FremantleMedia, the international television production & licensing subsidiary of Bertelsmann’s RTL Television and had responsibility for the legal aspect of the worldwide brand rollout of television format Pop Idol (American Idol)) to over 35 counties. She has held academic posts at universities in the UK and USA and prepared government submissions on copyright and performers’ rights policy in both Europe and the USA.  She is currently case officer for plaintiffs in high profile US federal court litigation in relation to trademarks, brand, audio-visual and music rights and revenues for a cult film.

Julian Hayes            
Partner, BCL Solicitors
Following an undergraduate degree at the University of Kent, Julian completed post-graduate legal studies in Newcastle before training as a barrister at a leading criminal/regulatory chambers. He then worked as a regulator at the London Stock Exchange before moving to Australia where he spent several years undertaking high profile litigation at an international law firm.  Julian specialises in financial crime, cybercrime, surveillance and data protection law.  He advises individuals and corporates in relation to fraud and corruption investigations by the SFO, enforcement actions by the FCA (insider dealing and market abuse) and offences under the customs and excise legislation prosecuted by HMRC. As well as expertise in relation to computer misuse offences, Julian also advises on the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR (including breach reporting), and provides advice to Communication Service Providers with regard to their obligations under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and its associated Codes of Conduct.  Julian works on internal investigations, extradition (including Interpol Red Notices), ancillary matters such as judicial review, restraint and confiscation, mutual legal assistance, Norwich Pharmacal applications in the High Court and defending complaints against corporates for breaches of the OECD’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Andrew Lee 
Partner, Brandsmiths
Andrew is an experienced litigator with boutique firm Brandsmiths which specialise in intellectual property, sport and media law. Brandsmiths act for well-known brands such as Microsoft, BMW, Rolls Royce, Missguided, Speedo and Umbro and for high profile individuals including Gordon Ramsay, Mo Farah, David Haye and others in the public eye.   Andrew has extensive experience in advising clients in respect of the protection of their reputations and the protection of confidential and private information. This includes obtaining pre-publication undertakings and/or injunctions against the press, and helping clients in difficult personal situations where there is a threat by others to disclose private information. He has particular experience of dealing with problems arising on the internet such as individuals (often anonymously) posting defamatory allegations or undertaking campaigns of harassment, identifying those individuals and obtaining relief for clients.   He recently acted for the former Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos in a libel claim against the Daily Mail.

Bob Matheson          
Head of Advice and Advocacy, Protect
Bob Matheson’s work at Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work),  the UK’s foremost whistleblowing experts, gives him responsibility for running Protect’s legal advice line, which provides free expert advice to over 3000 new individuals a year. Protect is the go-to place for trusted advice on whistleblowing for the majority of the UK workforce. Over its 25-year history, Protect has helped enable some of the biggest issues in UK society to get the scrutiny that they required, whilst simultaneously protecting the position of the whistleblower in the meantime.  As well as his work on the charity’s advice line, Bob is also responsible for the organisation’s legal intervention work. Over the last three years, Protect has intervened in four Court of Appeal hearings, and one Supreme Court hearing. Last summer, the Charity successfully argued that District Judges should have the same whistleblowing rights as more typical workers.   Protect’s expertise on the subject of whistleblowing means that their opinion is sought by governments and companies across the globe. Bob has spoken at conferences in Washington DC and Mexico City, and most recently provided evidence to the Scottish Health and Sport Committee as part of their scrutiny of whistleblowing reforms within NHS Scotland.   Bob is a graduate of University College London, and prior to joining Protect in 2015, worked at several other prominent legal advice centres, as well as the law-reform organisation JUSTICE.

Dr Steven Murdoch        
Principal Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, UCL
Dr Steven J. Murdoch is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Information Security Research Group of University College London, working on developing metrics for security and privacy. His research interests include authentication/passwords, banking security, anonymous communications, censorship resistance and covert channels. He has worked with the OpenNet Initiative, investigating Internet censorship, and for the Tor Project, on improving the security and usability of the Tor anonymity system. His current research on developing methods to understand complex system security is supported by the Royal Society. He is also working on analysing the security of banking systems, especially Chip & PIN/EMV, and is Innovation Security Architect of Cronto, an online authentication technology provider and part of the VASCO group.

Dietrich Neumann     
Head of Administration, EUROPOL
Mr. Dietrich Neumann is Head of Department Administration of Europol, which includes the HR, Finance and Facilities units. Until November 2019 he was Head of the Corporate Services Department, which includes the Agency’s legal affairs unit. Before starting his job as Europol’s in-house counsel in 2004, he held positions at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and the German Federal Investigation Office. Mr. Neumann studied law at the University of Passau and the University of Erlangen. He also holds an L.L.M. from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in EU and International Public law.

Jacob O’Brien     
Solicitor, Associate, Brandsmiths
Jacob is solicitor with boutique law firm Brandsmiths, which specialises in intellectual property, sport and media law. Brandsmiths acts for well-known brands such as Microsoft, BMW, Rolls Royce, Missguided, Speedo and Umbro, as well as for high profile individuals including Gordon Ramsay, Mo Farah and David Haye.  Jacob has extensive experience advising clients in respect of their data protection obligations. As General Counsel of Missguided in 2018, Jacob worked with internal stakeholders in the build-up to the introduction of GDPR to ensure the business’s compliance with its obligations. Outside of Missguided, Jacob works with clients to manage and implement data protection processes, as well as assisting with ICO investigations and complaints.

Andrew Orlowski    
Founder, Think Of X
Andrew Orlowski is a respected investigative journalist and the founder and director of Think of X, an exclusive research network providing new thinking for decision-makers about the long-term political and economic consequences of technology. As US Editor then Executive Editor of the technology news service, The Register, he was for five years in the early 2000s based in San Francisco  He was the first journalist to warn of the emerging power of the platforms. He is a former software engineer and was Associated Producer of the BBC Series ‘All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace’. His work probes the psychology, philosophy and economics of networks.

Caroline Wilson Palow    
General Counsel Privacy International 
Caroline Wilson Palow is Privacy International’s General Counsel. Caroline leads the legal team and counsels Privacy International’s programmes on legal strategy and risk. Caroline is a US-qualified lawyer who previously specialized in privacy and intellectual property litigation at a prominent US law firm. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.  After law school, Caroline clerked for Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Dr Michael Veale        
Lecturer in Digital Rights & Regulation, Faculty of Laws, University College London
Dr Michael Veale joined the Faculty of Laws as Lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation in 2019. His expertise sits at the cross over of computer science and technology law, particularly in the context of fundamental rights and advanced data analysis including machine learning and artificial intelligence. Dr Veale holds a PhD in the application of law and policy to the social challenges of machine learning from UCL STEaPP and UCL Computer Science. He previously worked at the European Commission and holds degrees from Maastricht University and the London School of Economics.  He has authored and co-authored reports for a range of organisations, including the Law Society of England and Wales on Algorithms in the Justice System, the Royal Society and British Academy on the future of data governance, the United Nations on AI and public services, and the Commonwealth Secretariat on electoral cybersecurity. He has worked with a range of government departments and regulators in various capacities around issues of emerging technologies, law and society, including in the UK and the Netherlands.  In 2019¬-2020 Dr Veale is also Digital Charter Fellow between the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s National Centre for AI and Data Science, and the Department for Digital, Culture,  Media and Sport. He co-organises the ACM FAT* Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Computing Systems and is General Chair of Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETS) 2020-21. Dr Veale is a member of the Advisory Councils of the Open Rights Group and of Foxglove, and a research affiliate of the PILOT Lab at Penn State University.

Ross Young    
Head of Data Governance, Legislation and Policy, UK Statistics Authority
After graduating from Oxford with an MPhil in European Politics and a DPhil in Political Science, Ross Young worked for 6 years as Senior Clerk in the House of Commons  with roles in the House Library’s Research Service, and the House’s committee and procedural service.  This gave him invaluable insights into the workings of the UK Parliamentary process which were put to good use on his transfer to the UK Statistics Authority in 2008 as Head of Communications and Parliamentary Relations.  Following a period as Private Secretary to the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Ross was appointed to his current post, and leads the Authority’s Data Governance, Legislation and Policy function, including the design (and now operationalisation) of the statistics and research strands in the Digital Economy Act 2017, and is the Authority’s corporate Data Protection Officer.


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

Standard fee = £600
UCL Alumni and UCL IBIL Sponsors - £500
Government Department / NGOs = £350
Full time Academics (UCL Staff) = £200
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