2020 Annual International Conference Sessions

Confirmed sessions as of 12 March 2020. More sessions to follow, along with a detailed programme.

Session Speakers
Convergence of data protection law, competition law and consumer law
  • Anna Buchta, Head of Unit, Policy & Consultation, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Dr Orla Lynskey, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics, UK
  • Dr Philip Marsden, Deputy Governor, Bank of England, UK
Setting an Example: Lessons from the Not-for-Profit Sector
  • James Eaton-Lee, Head of Information Security, Oxfam, UK
  • Richard Sims, Head of Legal & Governance, Data Protection Officer, The Brooke Hospital for Animals, and Chair, Data Protection Sub-Group, Lawyers in Charities, UK
  • Katie Tomashevski, DPO, Unison, UK
  • Helena Wootton, Data Lawyer, Privacy Laws & Business
Nigeria: Operating within the current data privacy regulatory framework
  • Rotimi Akapo, TMT Partner, Advocaat Law Practice, Nigeria
Mega giant corporations: is this the only way forward?
  • Linda NiChualladh, EMEA Head of Privacy (Legal) & Assistant General Counsel, Citi, Ireland
  • Ashley Winton, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, UK
The increasing Record of Processing Requirements around the globe – A Review & Recommendations
  • Frank Madden, Global Privacy Consultant, IBM, UK
Data breaches: how to prevent and manage them and how to negotiate insurance
  • Harry Karaolou, Senior Counsel & Global Data Protection Officer, Bain & Company, UK
  • Antonis Patrikios, Partner, Dentons, UK
  • Vijay Rathour, Partner, Head of Digital Forensic Group, Grant Thornton, UK
The only way is Ethics
  • Rachael Annear, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK
  • Ellis Parry, Data Ethics Adviser, Technology and Innovation, ICO, UK
  • Giles Pratt, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK
My business wants to monetize its data – Help!
  • Fiona Maclean, Partner, Latham & Watkins, UK
California Consumer Privacy Act and its impact across the US
  • Jennifer Archie, Partner, Latham & Watkins, USA
  • Michael Rubin, Partner, Latham & Watkins, USA
Data privacy claims and litigation: The real sting in the tail
  • Richard Jeens, Partner, Slaughter and May, UK
  • Neil Purslow, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Therium, UK
New EDPS, New strategy
  • Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor
Facial recognition and other biometric data in employment and consumer contexts
  • Cameron Craig, Deputy General Counsel & Group Data Protection Officer, HSBC, UK
  • Bertrand du Marais, Commissioner, CNIL, France
  • Jane Finlayson-Brown, Partner, Allen & Overy, UK
  • David Smith, Special Advisor, Allen & Overy, UK
Data flows after Brexit - a new international transfer regime
  • Andrew Dyson, Partner, DLA Piper, UK
  • Joe Jones, Head of International Data Transfers, DCMS, UK
Turkish DPA's Extraterritorial Overreach: Controlling the Data Controller
  • Ilay Yilmaz, Partner, Esin Attorney Partnership, Turkey
How the EU interprets “essential equivalence” in its adequacy assessments
  • Bruno Gencarelli, Head of the International Data Transfers and Protection unit, European Commission
Making the GDPR work in a consistent way across the European Economic Area
  • Karolina Mojzesowicz, Deputy Head, Data Protection Unit, European Commission
Effective Data Protection Risk Management
  • Hello DPO, UK
Developing Codes of Conduct under the GDPR
  • Gerald Trieb, Partner, Knyrim Trieb Attorneys at Law, Austria
Popping the Adtech Bubble? The impact of GDPR on adtech strategies
  • Richard Cumbley, Partner, Linklaters, UK
Forewarned is Forearmed: How to have and use smart Key Performance Indicators
  • Georgina Kon, Partner, Linklaters, UK
  • Andrew Mills, Legal Director UK&I, Experian, UK
Regulatory Worlds Collide: Navigating the intersection between Privacy, Consumer Protection and Anti-Trust
  • Brent Homan, Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Canada
Privacy 2020: 10 Trends You Need to Know
  • Ian Evans, Managing Director, EMEA, OneTrust, UK
Privacy: A Data Scientist's Perspective
  • Neal Cohen, Director of Privacy, Onfido, UK
  • Mohan Mahadevan, VP of Research, Onfido, UK
Operationalising Cross Border Data Flows: Challenges in an Evolving Landscape
  • Tom Caldwell, Associate, Promontory Financial Group, UK
  • Matthew Negus, Senior Principal, Promontory Financial Group, UK
Winning tips on using competitions and prize draws to incentivise gathering personal data
  • Amy Powell, Compliance Manager, PromoVeritas, UK
  • Jeremy Stern, Managing Director, PromoVeritas, UK
What do 40 cloud providers say they will do with your data? Results from a new survey of their standard contracts
  • Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Trust by Design
  • Mikko Niva, Group Privacy Officer and Head of Legal, Vodafone, UK

Nowhere to Hide is a privacy issue which applies to both individuals and organisations.

Do individuals have somewhere to hide? For the mass of individuals, the question is whether they can pursue their daily lives without always being tracked? For privacy advocates, a high degree of control over the collection and use of one’s personal data is a fundamental right, at least in most of Europe, and increasingly so elsewhere.

Privacy advocates want to maximise anonymity. But there is a tension between this objective and the wish by billions of people to be connected to friends via a host of online services. Research by the Norwegian Consumer Council and academics shows how leading companies influence people by the use of powerful, persuasive techniques that are not transparent.

Adtech, facial recognition and other biometric identification techniques make privacy a concept stretched to breaking point, despite some companies making an effort to adopt anonymising techniques and accountability programmes.

If privacy for individuals is in danger of becoming a mirage, how effective are the countervailing powers? They fall into two main categories:

  • regulatory action in the form of Data Protection Authorities’ sanctions (warnings, fines, orders to amend and/or shut down processing etc); and
  • growing scope for collective (class) action, in the US; parts of Asia; and in Europe, through GDPR rights for individuals to work together, or via representative organisations, to seek redress for both material and non-material damage.

Do companies have somewhere to hide? Companies are highly visible but often their collection and use of personal data is opaque, as revealed by investigations in Canada and the United Kingdom into Facebook/Cambridge Analytica, and the UK Information Commissioner’s investigations into adtech. Greater transparency is becoming compulsory.

It is now an open question whether data protection law alone can be an effective constraint on corporate appetite for personal data. However, there is a trend in many countries towards the convergence of data protection, consumer and competition laws, such as by the German Federal Cartel Office action against Facebook (not yet concluded). But not all regulators agree that this is an appropriate way forward.

Is there a way to redress the balance to give law abiding individuals somewhere to hide if they wish, and to ensure that companies and the public sector have fewer places to hide from making clear their harvesting of personal data? ‘Data havens’ are fast disappearing as more countries adopt strong data privacy laws, and extra-territorial jurisdiction is starting to become the norm.

Our 33rd Annual International Conference will cover these and many other issues.