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Online | Privacy and Data: Law and Practice

13 February 2023–13 March 2023, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

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For the 7th year in succession UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) will be hosting their annual privacy and data course

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About this course

IBIL’s post-graduate CPD course examines the twin issues of privacy and data management from a host of perspectives with an increasingly international flavour.  

Drawing upon the expertise of respected speakers the topics will include such topics as:

  • The UK Online Harms Bill
  •  Press and the public interest
  • The latest on GDPR
  • Governance in relation to the use of biometrics
  • Security and law enforcement
  • International data transfer
  • The challenges inherent in litigating against Big Tech
  • Online advertising and tracking
  • The effect of social media upon the human brain
  • A review of international privacy cases currently going through the courts.

The final day will close with a keynote delivered by international writer, blogger and award-winning novelist Cory Doctorow, who will speak on:  
The Destruction of Surveillance Capitalism

Running every Monday afternoon (GMT) from the 13th February 2023 to 13th March 2023 inclusive, sessions are offered remotely in order that students can join us from outside the United Kingdom. The course will take place over five days, each day offering in three one hour lectures, beginning at 2pm GMT.  

Attendees may book for all five or single days.

Comments from past attendees have included:

  • “Fascinating..”
  •  “an excellent, if not terrifying, overview”;
  • “brilliant, very information intense, but wonderfully conveyed”;
  • “the right mixture of factual information and philosophical debate,
  • “the best course I have ever attended”.

Set out below is the programme for each session along with the confirmed speakers. Speakers yet to be confirm will be added here in due course.

The Schedule - Mondays from 14:00 to 17:15 GMT

13th February 2023Session One
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. A Year in Privacy News
    Speaker: Prof. Amanda Harcourt
  2. Privacy, the Press and the Public Interest   
    Speaker: Andy Lee, Partner at Brandsmiths
  3. International Data Transfer                
    Speaker: Bridget Treacy, author, formerly partner in Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

20th February 2023Session Two
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. GDPR:  Has it spread around the world?            
    Speaker: Jacob O’Brien, Brandsmiths

  2. Governance of the Uses Biometric Technology         
    Speaker: Professor Amanda Harcourt, IBIL, UCL.

  3. Patient Health Data Collection and Privacy     
    Speaker: Professor Amitava Banerjee, Professor of Clinical Data Science and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Institute of Health Informatics, UCL

27th February 2023 - Session Three
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Current Cases from Privacy International    
    Speaker: Caroline Wilson Palow, Chief Counsel, Privacy International

  2. Privacy and Security – the Europol Report    
    Speaker: Dietrich Neumann, Head of Department, Europol

  3. AI: Law 101   
    Speaker: Ashley Winton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya   

6th March 2023 - Session Four
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. An update on UK’s pending online safety legislation     
    Speaker: Baroness Beeban Kidron, British House of Lords

  2. Social Media and the Brain         
    Speaker: Professor Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., FRSC
    Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education, School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences; Brain and Mind Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine; Centre of Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, Faculty of Law
    University of Ottawa

  3. Section 230 and Litigating Against Big Tech in the USA        
    Speaker: Naomi Leeds, Associate, C A Goldberg Law      

13th March 2023 - Session Five
Introduction: Amanda Harcourt, Course Convenor, Visiting Professor, IBIL, UCL, Principal of Independent Copyright Consultancy.

  1. Ad Sales and Online Tracking    
    Speaker: Bryony Long, Lewis Silkin’s Data & Privacy Group

  2. Dominance and monopoly in global cloud storage    
    Speaker: Dr.  Cecilia Rikap, School of Policy & Global Affairs, City University of London; CONICET, Argentina’s national research council, Centre de Population et Développement (CEPED), IRD/Université de Paris and at the COSTECH lab, Université de Technologie de Compiègne. Invited professor ENS Paris Saclay

  3. KEYNOTE: Destroying surveillance capitalism     
    Speaker: Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, and science fiction author.


About the Teachers

Bridget Treacy
Bridget Treacy was for many years 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’.

Amanda Harcourt
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 @fairnessrocks.   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 neighbouring 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.  

Andy Lee
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.

Jacob O’Brien
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.

Professor Amitava Banerjee
Professor Banerjee is a cardiologist and data scientist, and Professor of Clinical Data Science at the Institute of Health Informatics Faculty of Pop Health Sciences at UCL.  His research work focusses upon emphasised application of routine data to improve knowledge and care of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through epidemiology, data science and integrated care. His research has spanned atrial fibrillation, heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, aortic disease and comparison across CVDs.  He works across different shapes and sizes of health and healthcare data.   The theme of better data for better care underpins his work, whether CVD in homeless individuals, NCD care in India, the Global Burden of Disease Study or COVID.

As part of his training as a clinician and researcher in relation to GDPR, he had to consider important privacy issues in the context of health data, particularly during the pandemic, where the whole population’s health records were used for research on a nationwide cohort (of more than 54 million people in England) to create a vital data resource.  
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Critically, he leads the NIHR-funded STIMULATE-ICP study. This pragmatic trial, the largest in long COVID to-date, will evaluate and improve integrated care from investigation and assessment to treatment and rehabilitation, highlighting potential of learning health system approaches, even in new diseases. 

He has also been involved in formulating the privacy guidelines for the pandemic data resource alongside patients, policymakers and clinicians.  
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He works a lot on patient-facing work in relation to privacy and data security via his participation as Medical Advisor to “Understanding Patient Data”, a resource to explain issues around use of health data for research (including privacy).
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Film director, Founder and Chair of 5 Rights
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 charity advocates for enforceable regulation and international agreements that allow children and young people to thrive online. It has developed 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.

Professor Tracy Vaillancourt
Professor Vaillancourt holds the Canada research Chair in Shool based Mental Health and Violence Prevention.  She is a full professor in the Faculty of Education, a cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and the School of Psychology and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance (CIGI). She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Her  research examines the links between bullying and mental health, with a particular focus on social neuroscience. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.

Caroline Wilson Palow
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.

Dietrich Neumann
Dietrich Neumann is the Head of Department Administration at Europol, which includes the Agency’s HR and Finance units. In his previous role at Europol he was Head of the Legal Affairs unit and Head of Department Strategy, Legal Affairs and Policy Development.
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. Dietrich 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.

Ashley Winton
A former computer designer, Ashley is a fintech and privacy Partner within the Data Group of Mishcon de Reya’s Innovation Department. He advises on financial regulation, encryption and export control, data protection, privacy and cyber security matters with an emphasis on Blockchain, virtual currencies, and payment systems.  He advises extensively on the impact of privacy and information security law on cloud services, financial technology, telecommunications and international data transfers and has a particular focus on the intersection of competing laws, which can occur in the context of lawful interception of data, corporate investigations, government investigations or international litigation. For many years Ashley has advised the online behavioral advertising industry in Europe and has represented that industry in relation to its dealings with the European Commission, the Article 29 Working Party, the European Parliament and various national governments.  Ashley is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and for many years has been the Chairman of the Data Protection Forum, the largest independent data protection group in the UK. He regularly speaks at industry and academic conferences.

Naomi Leeds
Naomi Leeds is the lead associate at C. A. Goldberg LLP in New York, working with the firm’s founder in several of the firm’s most ambitious cases against big tech, including one case involving a suicide product sold by an online retailer, four families whose children died from fentanyl-laced pills purchased online, and A.M. v. Omegle, a platform that matches predators and children for video livestream. She’s also worked with the firm’s founder Carrie Goldberg in the case Estate of Bianca Devins v. Oneida County, in which the firm is suing the District Attorney for sharing child sexual abuse material of deceased 17 year old, Bianca Devins.  Naomi work entails putting her clients back in control of their lives, which takes determination, persistence and enormous sensitivity as clients are often in a very vulnerable state. She has a unique insight into how everyday technology is weaponized, and she has proven adept at diffusing volatile abusers, and securing urgent Orders of Protection in an extremely efficient way, often advocating with the family court system to keep her clients safe.   Naomi graduated from Fordham Law School where she cultivated her interest in gender issues and victims’ rights.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.

Bryony Long
Long is Co-Head of Lewis Silkin’s Data and Privacy Group and works in three main areas: data & privacy; commercial & consumer; and technology.  Although her main area of focus is data and privacy, she has a commercial & consumer and technology background so regularly advises 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.  Long holds the IAPP CIPP/E data protection/privacy accreditation and regularly advises clients on a range of data and privacy issues including privacy notices, online data collection, data processing/sharing arrangements, international transfers, data breaches and data subject rights and FOIA request. My particular area of expertise is use of data in an advertising and marketing context and I regularly provide strategic advice to brands, agencies, adtech vendors and publishers alike on data collection and commercial exploitation.  Examples of her recent work include advising various organisations on their GDPR compliance programmes (including one of the world’s largest advertising networks); several major retailers on their marketing strategy in light of the GDPR; a number of well-known brands, agencies, adtech vendors and publishers on compliance with the GDPR within the adtech ecosystem; a high street retailer on significant data breach; a large multinational organisation on its intra group data sharing arrangements; a large multinational on the data aspects of the roll out of its group wide CRM system

Dr.  Cecilia Rikap
Dr Cecilia Rikap joined City, University of London in September 2021. She is a permanent Lecturer in International Political Economy (IPE) at City and programme director of the BSc in IPE. She is also a tenure researcher of the CONICET, Argentina’s national research council, and associate researcher at COSTECH lab, Université de Technologie de Compiègne. She is an advisor for Argentina's Ministries of Health and Productive Development.
Cecilia’s research focuses on the political economy of science and technology. She studies the rising concentration of intangible assets leading to the emergence of intellectual monopolies, among others from tech and pharma industries, the distribution of intellectual (including data) rents, resulting geopolitical tensions and the effects of knowledge assetization on the knowledge commons and development. Her recent work includes corporate planning of global production and innovation systems driven by intellectual monopolization and how these leading corporations, in particular tech giants, are developing state-like features, thus reshaping core and peripheral states.

Cory Doctorow
An Anglo-Canadian author, blogger, award winning novelist, & high profile supporter of the Tor network, Doctorow is known for his views on liberalising copyright law, use of Creative Commons licensing and trenchant criticisms of DRM.

For a time European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Doctorow worked out of London helping establish the Open Rights Group.  He left EFF to write full-time in 2006 when he was named the 2006–2007 Canadian Fulbright Chair for Public Diplomacy at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy which jointly sponsored the post with the Royal Fulbright Commission and The Integrated Media Systems Center.   The professorship included a one-year writing and teaching residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Doctorow had begun writing fiction when he was 17 years old, selling several stories, most notably Craphound in 1998.  In 2003 his first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, was published in what was to become Doctorow’s characteristic mode: simultaneously releasing print and electronic editions; the latter subject to what was one of the earliest Creative Commons licences.   To date Doctorow has written 12 novels, over 20 fiction and collections of works; 2 graphic novels, and a wide ranging body of non-fiction work.  The latter category includes The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Science Fiction, Essential Blogging, You Can’t Own Knowledge, How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, Ebooks: Neither E nor Books, and Information Doesn’t Want to be Free.  Formerly co-editor of techno-utopian blog Boing Boing, Doctorow now has a solo blogging project Pluralistic.

Doctorow’s latest work, co-authored with the respected copyright scholar Professor Rebecca Giblin from Melbourne Law School, is Chokepoint Capitalism.  Published in November 2022 it is promoted as an examination of the manner in which competition, supposedly fundamental to capitalism, has been hijacked to the detriment of creators everywhere. Chokepoint Capitalism points out how over the last four decades, thanks to the so-called Chicago School, “greedy robber barons” have worked out how to lock in customers and suppliers; how to eliminate competitors so as to shake down everyone, creators, producers and consumers alike. Doctorow and Giblin demonstrate how Google, Facebook, Spotify, the big three record companies, the big five (still, thanks to the US DOJ’s rejection of the proposed Random House/Simon Schuster merger) book publishers, and Amazon amongst others, have locked in artists and producers.  These behemoths use that dynamic duo, Monopoly and Monopsony, to eliminate competition, and extract far more than their fair share of revenues from creative labour. 


Who is this course for and how will it be delivered

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.

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).

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



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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