UCL Faculty of Laws


Online Course | Privacy and Data: Law and Practice

07 February 2022–07 March 2022, 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

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Running for its 6th year, in 2022 this course will run online in weekly sessions with 5 modules of 3 hours each

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About this course

For the 6th year in succession UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) will be hosting the annual privacy event. IBIL’s post-graduate CPD course examines the twin issues of privacy and data management from a host of perspectives.

The course draws respected speakers internationally and the line-up for 2022 is no exception. In 2022 the topics on and around data management and privacy will include:

  • the UK Online Harms Bill,
  • press and the public interest,
  • perspectives from a data commissioner,
  • the latest on GDPR,
  • facial recognition technology,
  • security and law enforcement,
  • international data transfer,
  • the risks of banking online,
  • compliance and advertising and tracking,
  • working from home and a private life,
  • international developments in privacy law and data governance; and
  • a review of international privacy cases currently going through the courts.

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”.

The event will take place over five days, in short three hour modules; running every Monday afternoon (GMT) from the 7th February 2022 to 7th March 2022 inclusive. In order that students can join us from outside the United Kingdom the event will take place remotely. Set out below is the timetable for each day’s schedule along with the speakers that will be taking part. Attendees may book for all five or single days.

The Schedule - 14:00 - 17:30

7th February 2022 - Module One
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Online Harms & Children
    Speaker: The Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder and Chair of 5Rights
  2. Privacy, Publicity and the Public Interest
    Speaker: Andrew Lee, Partner, Brandsmiths
  3. A year in Privacy News & Developments
    Speaker: Prof Amanda Harcourt, UCL

14th February 2022 - Module Two
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Privacy and Data Security in International Law Enforcement
    Speaker: Dietrich Neumann, Head of Department Administration, EUROPOL
  2. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Update
    Speaker:  Jacob O’Brien, Senior Associate, Brandsmiths
  3. Why is Online Banking a Risk?
    Speaker: Richard Emery, Founder, 4Keys International

21st February 2022 - Module Three
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Compliance: Online Tracking & Advertising
    Speaker: Bryony Long, Co-Head of Lewis Silkin’s Data and Privacy Group
  2. International Data Transfer
    Speaker: Bridget Treacy, author, formerly partner in Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  3. Privacy and Data Mining - an ICO retrospective
    Speaker: Elizabeth Denham CBE, formerly UK Information Commissioner

28th February 2022 - Module Four
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Surveillance: Facial Recognition, Technology and the Law
    Speaker: Dan Squires QC, Matrix Chambers
  2. Privacy, Employment and Remote Working
    Speaker: Olivia Sinfield, Associate Director, Osborne Clarke, & Amy Moylett, Associate, Osborne Clarke
  3. Privacy International - Current Cases
    Speaker: Dr Ilia Siatitsa, Programme Director and Senior Legal Officer, Privacy International

7th March 2022 - Module Five
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Privacy legislation & an International Dimension on Data Governance
    Speaker: Divij Joshi, PhD researcher, Faculty of Laws, UCL
  2. Forum Internum: Has technology invaded our most private thoughts?
    Speaker: Susie Alegre, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  3. Summary Keynote
    Speaker: Harry Shearer, writer, broadcaster, director, and actor
About the teachers

SESSION 1: 7th February 2022

A year in Privacy News & Developments
Speaker: Prof Amanda Harcourt, UCL

Amanda Harcourt, is a Visiting Professor at University College London’s Faculty of Laws’ Institute of Brand and Innovation Law and has been convening the course since its inception in 2017.  Amanda has for nearly thirty years led a boutique IP law and business consultancy serving the copyright industries, predominantly advising US & European authors & performers working within the audio-visual and music industries.  She is executive editor of the talent advice website and daily news service www.fairnessrocks.com and @fairness_rocks.   Having recently led the litigation and the PR support teams in US federal litigation in relation to the rights in a cult film of international reputation, she oversaw an historic settlement which obliged the movie studio to return the film and all associated IP to the original creators.  She had a senior consultancy role at global powerhouse FremantleMedia where she acted as legal gatekeeper for the global roll out of the multi-billion dollar music television sensation, Idol.   Her particular expertise is collective management of IPR which originated in work on behalf of Irish rock band U2 - in the 1990s she led a global audit of the band’s royalties from CMOs worldwide in relation to both authors and neighbour rights administration.  Later equivalent reviews were performed for other rock legends. Her current work within the sector includes acting as legal counsel for a CMO managing rights on behalf of the audio visual crafts unions as well as providing IP advice to the trade associations representing feature film cinematographers and production designers.  She has advised on UK legislation in relation to IPR and prepared submissions to governments in both the UK and the USA on behalf of talent bodies in the film and music industries.  She spent nine years as an Adjunct Professor at a US Top Tier law school, designing an ABA-accredited entertainment law syllabus which is still in use and designed the UK Government’s National Skills Council Syllabus on Copyright and Related Rights. 

Privacy, Publicity and the Public Interest
Speaker: Andrew Lee, Partner, Brandsmiths

Andrew Lee 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.

Online Protection of Children
Speaker: Baroness Beeban Kidron, OBE, Film director, House of Lords Peer and Founder of 5Rights Foundation

Baroness Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who successfully navigates between pop culture and society’s darkest underworlds. Kidron is best known for directing Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (2004)   and the Bafta-winning miniseries Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989), adapted from Jeannette Winterson’s novel of the same name. She is also the director of To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1991), as well as two documentaries on prostitution: Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns (1993) and Sex, Death and the Gods (2011), a film about “devadasi,” or Indian “sacred prostitutes.”  Baroness Kidron is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights a charity that aims to make systemic changes to the digital world to ensure it caters for children and young people, by design and default.  The charty advocates for enforceable regulation and international agreements that allow children and young people to thrive online. It has ddeveloped technical standards and protocols with engineers and colleagues around the world to help businesses reshape and redesign their digital services with children and young people in mind.   Baroness Kidron is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and sits on the Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee. She is a Commissioner for UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development where she is a member of the Working Group on Child Online Safety; a member of UNJIJCEF's AI group; and sits on the Council on Extended Intelligence.

SESSION 2: 14th February 2022

Privacy and Data Security in International Law Enforcement
Speaker: Dietrich Neumann, Head of Business of Corporate Services, EUROPOL

Dietrich Neumann is responsible for EUROPOL’s external relations and 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. He studied law at the University of Passau and the University of Erlangen, and has an LLM in EU and International Public Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

An Update: General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Brexit
Speaker:  Jacob O’Brien, Senior Associate, Brandsmiths

Jacob O’Brien is a 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.

Surveillance: Facial Recognition, Technology and the Law    
Speaker: Dan Squires QC, Matrix Chambers

Dan studied law at Christ’s College Cambridge and has an LLM from Harvard Law School and an MSc in Anthropology from the LSE.   Dan has a wide-ranging public law and human rights practice. He became a QC in 2016. Dan represents individuals, corporations, central government and other public authorities as well as non-governmental organizations. He is on the A panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and, before taking silk, was a member of the Treasury A Panel. Dan was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018.  He is a Visiting Professor in the Law Department at Queen Mary University of London.  Dan’s practice encompasses national security, prison law, police powers, social welfare law education, discrimination, privacy, EU law and commercial/regulatory judicial review. He has been involved in over a dozen European Court of Human Rights and Supreme Court cases including on financial sanctions, prison segregation, interception of communications, welfare benefits, airport stops under the Terrorism Act, religious freedoms in the workplace, race discrimination in school admissions, and the retention of DNA and maintenance of databases by the police. Dan is one of the leading barristers dealing with asset freezing and export control regimes and has appeared in many of the key domestic cases in this area. He also frequently advises businesses and banks dealing with sanctions regimes as well as those involved in litigation in the EU courts.  Dan is the co-author, with Duncan Fairgrieve of ‘The Negligence Liability of Public Authorities’ (OUP, 2nd edn 2019) (first edition co-authored with Cherie Booth QC). He has had articles published in the OJLS, LQR and EHRLR.

SESSION 3: 21st February 2022

Compliance: Tracking and Online Advertising
Speaker: Bryony Long, Co-Head of Lewis Silkin’s Data and Privacy Group

Bryony works in three main areas: data & privacy; commercial & consumer; and technology. While her main area of focus is data and privacy, she has a commercial & consumer and technology background so regularly advise clients across all three practice areas. From a data & privacy perspective, she has advised a number of high profile clients on a range of complex data protection issues particularly around data collection and commercial exploitation. She also has been involved in a number of high profile data regulatory investigations for large multi-national clients.  Bryony holds the IAPP CIPP/E data protection/privacy accreditation and she has spoken at a number of events on data & privacy issues.

From a commercial, technology and consumer perspective, Bryony has a wealth of experience advising clients on both demand and supply side on a range of commercial agreements including supply of goods/services, software licensing & distribution, cloud services, agency and distribution, franchising, warehousing and logistics, sponsorship and ticketing, client/agency, media buying and confidentiality.  She also advised on e-commerce compliance and general consumer law issues and has been involved in a number of consumer regulatory investigations acting on behalf of well-known retailers.

International Data Transfer: post Brexit, post EU-US Privacy Shield
Speaker: Bridget Treacy, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Head of UK Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice

Bridget Treacy is a partner in Hunton Andrews Kurth’s London office and leads the firm’s UK Privacy and Cybersecurity practice.  For the past 18 years her practice has focused on all aspects of data protection and information governance for multinational companies across a broad range of industry sectors. Her experience includes advisory work on big data and AI, behavioural targeting and Adtech, accountability frameworks (including BCRs), cyber security and data breach incident response, and the GDPR related data issues that increasingly arise in corporate transactions.

Bridget is recognised as a thought leader on privacy and cyber security issues, and is named a “Leading Individual” by legal directory, Chambers and Partners.  She has contributed to a number of published texts on data protection, and is editor of the specialist journal ‘Privacy and Data Protection’.

Privacy and Data Mining - an ICO retrospective        
Elizabeth Denham CBE, formerly UK Information Commissioner

Until her tenure ended in October 2021 Elizabeth Denham was the UK Information Commissioner having served since in July 2016.  Previously she held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  Saluted internationally for her commitment to increase consumer trust people have in what happens to their personal data in 2011, Ms Denham was honoured as a UBC distinguished alumna for her pioneering work in archives and leadership in the field of access and privacy.  In 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an Officer of the Legislature of British Columbia, Canada and in 2017, she was recognised as being one of the three most influential people in data-driven business in the annual DataIQ 100 list. She was appointed Honorary Professor in University College London’s department of Information Studies which will extend into 2022.  In October 2018, Elizabeth was appointed chair of the Global P (GPA) which is the leading global forum of data protection and privacy authorities, encompassing more than 120 members across all continents.  Since March 2019, Elizabeth has been chair of the Governance Working Group of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (the ICIC) which is the leading global forum for information commissioners and ombudspersons responsible for overseeing access to public information legislation. As of February 2020, it has 45 members across all continents.   In December 2018, Elizabeth was awarded CBE in Queen's New Year's Honours list. 

SESSION 4: 28th February 2022

Why Is Online Banking A Risk?”                  
Speaker: Richard Emery, Founder, 4Keys International

Richard is a bank fraud investigator and founder of 4Keys International.  He began by training as an accountant but soon discovered the exciting new world of computers.  After stints at two computer companies, he joined John Lewis Partnership and became the Project Manager for the design, development and implementation of their department store EPoS system.  He then worked for ICL as a Retail Business Consultant before establishing 4Keys International.   His forensic analysis skills and knowledge of Retail and Payment Systems led to his acting as an expert witness in both the civil and criminal courts.  Over the last seven years he has invested an increasing amount of time assisting victims of Authorised Push Payment Fraud (APPFraud) to challenge the banks and make referrals to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).  He successfully challenged the FOS on their interpretation of the Payment Services Regulations and is currently exploring a challenge to all of the banks for “not doing enough to prevent, or respond to, APPFraud”.  He is regularly quoted in the national media and interviewed on programmes such as MoneyBox, Rip-Off Britain and Watchdog.

Privacy, Employment and Remote Working
Speaker: Olivia Sinfield, Associate Director, and Amy Moylett, Associate, Osborne Clarke

Olivia Sinfield first joined Osborne Clarke from another international law firm in the 1990s.  She has more than twelve years’ experience specifically advising employers and senior executives in the full range of contentious and non- contentious issues arising during the employment life cycle.  After 7 years in a niche employment practice in London, Olivia a re-joined the Osborne Clark London employment team in 2016. This has given her a valuable additional perspective having advised both employers and employees.   She has extensive experience in advocacy in the Employment Tribunal having represented Respondents and Claimants at preliminary and full hearings. She has also participated in the Judicial Shadowing Scheme.  Olivia is experienced in dealing with a wide range of employment issues but has particular experience in Employment Tribunal litigation including bonus claims; Restrictive covenants and injunctions; Restructuring and collective redundancies; Business critical issues including board disputes, change management and discrimination claims.  The challenges of employment brought about by the coronavirus mean Olivia’s has valuable perspectives on employees privacy rights and adjustments to working circumstances that are required to be implemented by employers.

Amy Moylett, Associate, Osborne Clarke
Amy is an Associate in the Employment team at award-winning multinational law firm, Osborne Clarke. Amy advises employers and senior executives in the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising during the life cycle of the employment relationship and is also a key member of the firm's 'GDPR for HR' team – this involves advising in respect of employment-related data privacy issues including employment related DSARs, employee surveillance and monitoring issues and employee data breach. Amy has recently spoken at the following client-facing events 'Dipping Into Data: the HR Edition', 'Eating Compliance For Breakfast: Data Subject Access Requests: review and refresh' and 'The Changed Workplace: Agile Working and GDPR'. Amy joined Osborne Clarke as a trainee in 2018, qualifying into the Employment team in September 2020.

Privacy International: Current Cases
Speaker: Dr Ilia Siatitsa, Privacy International  

Dr Ilia Siatitsa is currently Programme Director and Senior Legal Officer at Privacy International (PI) and her work focuses on research and litigation on the impact of new technologies on human rights. She is a qualified lawyer in Greece and has a PhD in International Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. Before joining PI, Ilia was a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights leading the research on human rights in the digital age. She was also a member of the research team of the Big Data, Human Rights and Technology Project housed at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. She holds an LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Law School, University of Geneva, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Athens, and a Law Degree from the Democritus University, Greece.

SESSION 5: 7th March 2022

Privacy legislation & an International Dimension on Data Governance                       
Speaker: Divij Joshi, PhD researcher, Faculty of Laws, UCL

Divij Joshi is a lawyer and researcher studying the intersections of technology, regulation and society. He is presently a Doctoral Researcher at University College London, supervised by Dr. Michael Veale. His research examines the law, political economy and governance of platform infrastructures. Previously, he has worked with the Mozilla Foundation as a Technology Policy Fellow, as a public policy professional in India, and an independent researcher on technology policy, collaborating with various Indian and global organisations. He also edits the SpicyIP blog on Intellectual Property and media law in India.

Forum Internum: has technology invaded our most private thoughts?  
Speaker:  Susie Alegre, Doughty Street Chambers

Susie Alegre is an international human rights lawyer with over 20 years’ experience.  She has worked on some of the most challenging legal and political issues of our time including human rights and security, combating corruption in the developing world, protecting human rights at borders, the human rights impacts of climate change and the impact of Brexit on individual rights and security. She has particular expertise in human rights and ethics in the field of technology and AI; and the protection of human rights in the small island context.  Her clients, include governments, international organisations, NGO’s, think-tanks, academic institutions and private companies who have instructed her for expert advice and analysis.  This has included areas such as the protection of the rights to freedom of thought and opinion in the digital age; the drafting of parliamentary submissions and responses to public consultations; advocacy strategies and opportunities for stakeholder engagement; assistance with navigating international institutions, public policy development and public campaigns.  Susie is currently Interception of Communications Commissioner for the Isle of Man. Her annual reports include recommendations and guidance on legislative and practical reforms for human rights compliance and effective oversight. In the UK, she advised the Equality and Human Rights Commission on human rights law and was also an ombudsman for the Financial Ombudsman Service where she advised on the development of policy and structures to ensure the effective application of the Equality Act in casework as well as providing training on judicial independence. In the international development context, Susie advised the EU on accountability and combating corruption in Uganda from 2010-2013. She provided leadership advising the international donor community on responses to corruption Co-Chairing the Donor Accountability Working Group. She has also worked with civil society and human rights defenders on engagement with domestic and international bodies for accountability in human rights and represented Amnesty International through its EU Office over the development of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

Summary Keynote           
Speaker: Harry Shearer, writer, broadcaster, director, actor

Actor…author…director…comedian…musician…philosopher…political satirist, record-company owner…and one of the “best voices” in the business”.  Harry Shearer is a comic personality and modern day renaissance man.   For the past two decades he has enjoyed enormous success and planted the fruits of his talents in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work with The Simpsons, where he plays a stable of characters: most notably Mr. Burns, Smithers, and insufferable neighbour Ned Flanders.

For more than 30 years Shearer has hosted a weekly radio show, appropriately called Le Show, which combines politics, news, music and humour.  Vogue magazine describes Le Show as "wildly clever, an iconoclastic stew of talk, music, political commentary, readings of inadvertently funny public documents or trade magazines and scripted skits."  Harry attended UCLA as a political science major, where he edited and wrote for the school humour magazine. He pursued graduate work at Harvard University and served a political internship in Sacramento before turning to freelance journalism, most notably covering the Watts riots for Newsweek.

A child of Hollywood, Shearer made guest appearances on a variety of A-list television series while still in his teens. Credits include The Jack Benny Program (sic), General Electric Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.   Movie audiences will know Shearer best for his collaborations with Christopher Guest and friends. The most famous of these is the granddaddy of all mock-umentaries, This is Spinal Tap (with Rob Reiner and Michael McKean); a film revealing the concepts of spontaneously- combusting drummers and amps that go up to eleven. Spinal Tap – the band - have enjoyed worldwide success performing live and five years ago stole the show at the Live Earth concert at Wembley, London. In 2009 Harry, Christopher and Michael reunited to tour an acoustic version of Spinal Tap songs as themselves in the Unwigged and Unplugged tour and returned as Derek Smalls, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins to play Glastonbury and Wembley Arena with the volume turned up to eleven. Other Guest collaborations have included, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.  

Shearer’s other film credits include Real Life, The Right Stuff, Portrait of a White Marriage, The Fisher King, Godzilla, The Truman Show and Dick.  He has been a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live and, in 2002, wrote and directed his first feature film, Teddy Bears’ Picnic. In 2010 Shearer wrote and directed The Big Uneasy, a documentary feature investigating Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans; a film made possible, in part, by the bravery of whistleblowers. The film has been selected for numerous film festivals and has won multiple awards including The Golden Eagle Award and The Visionary Award at The DC Independent Film Festival and received stellar reviews for Shearer and his team of experts and whistleblowers.


Who is this course for and how will it be Delivered

This course will be delivered on Zoom. You will be sent details of each meeting link, id and password on the Friday before each session (with reminders on the day of the module).

This CPD course is designed for qualified lawyers and those working with IP, in privacy, confidential information, data security and management, in the media, with public figures, and developing technologies.

Please note that this course will NOT be recorded for catch up viewing.

Fees and Booking

Standard ticket = £140
UCL Alumni = £110
Government Legal = £80
Full time Academics / UCL Staff = £60

Standard ticket = £600 (groups of 3 or more £500 per ticket)
UCL Alumni = £450
Government Legal = £350
Full time Academics / UCL Staff = £200
Non UCL Students = £100


UCL Students should register their interest in a free place on this course here


If you have any queries about this course please contact Lisa Penfold (CPD Manager, UCL Laws) by emailing lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk

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