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Privacy Online and Offline: The Citizen, the Personal and the Public Intere...

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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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For the second year UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law is offering this ground-breaking course. Described in its inaugural year as “the best course I have ever attended” this two-day seminar is directed at lawyers, companies with responsibility for holding personal data, and policy makers working within this complex field.

What is private? And what is the public interest? To what extent can reputation be protected in the age of 24-hour global news and the internet? Drawing upon the expertise of law enforcement, computer scientists and lawyers this event explores the law, policy and regulatory frameworks surrounding privacy, that increasingly fragile domain in the modern world.

Certain rights and freedoms for citizens are enshrined in countries’ domestic legislation as well as under international law. These rights include the right to liberty and security of the person, respect for the private and family life, home and correspondence. Protection is granted to personal data and limitations imposed upon on its application and distribution. But in our global marketplace digital communications and data are stored and transported by multi-national corporations that depend upon this data for their revenues. Is the gathering and remote analysis of metadata lawful?

And what takes precedence: state security or citizens’ privacy? We expect our governments to respond to real security threats to society. How much of our privacy will we, should we, sacrifice to keep us safe? Governments ask for more and more transparency from their citizens in order to protect us. At the same time governments have the capacity to shield their activities from genuine democratic scrutiny.

What measures should companies have in place to protect the data that they store about others and who should be afforded access to their proprietary information? When is it OK to read someone else’s private or business communications? On this crowded planet, can citizens take any action against surveillance? By drone, by a neighbour, employer or suspicious spouse?

All these questions and more will be examined in this two-day course for company executives and lawyers qualified from two to five years.

A world class range of speakers includes internationally respected lawyers from disparate disciplines; those who have formulated policy, and advised private citizens, corporations, governments, and former government employees. There will be contributions from experts in law enforcement, international data protection, security, computer science and cryptography.

Course Content at a Glance

  1. The Citizen: Democracy and Privacy
    The Human Rights Act, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the Human Rights Convention.
  2. Privacy, Freedom of Expression and the Press
    An update on press regulation; super injunctions, gagging, free speech, celebrity and the public interest, phone hacking.
  3. Privacy, encryption and the state: a clouded issue?
    Security, cloud storage and government access to citizens’ data: Governments ask for more and more transparency from their citizens in order to protect us. Uncontrolled disclosures such as the NSA Snowden release and Wikileaks are one type of response to the increased scrutiny of our lives, but are unlawful and in themselves undemocratic, carrying their own dangers. How can we balance greater personal transparency with greater transparency from governments in the current political climate?
  4. EU and UK Data Protection: The Future
    What is the current EU Data Protection regime? What are the current risks and challenges faced in the online world in this respect? In order to comply with the current EU framework what is required from countries seeking entry to and trading with the EU?
  5. Global: Data Transfer and Data Sharing
    The private citizen and the international sharing of information; the Privacy Shield, the collection, ownership and analysis of citizens’ digital data; the re-use and misuse of private information.
  6. Children: Balancing Privacy and Protection
    Privacy, net neutrality and the protection of younger users of the internet from the influences of pornography, violence and radicalisation.
  7. Whistleblowing: the Law and Ethics of Leaking
    Employee obligations to their employer; company whistle-blowers and when does an employee obligation cross the line to public interest publication, the risks and rewards of blowing the whistle. What is the public interest in this context?
  8. Born in the USA: national security and the law
    The interaction between the US Constitution and federal laws, for example, the Homeland Security Act; PATRIOT Act; Freedom of Information Act; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement; Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
  9. Privacy, democracy and public safety
    The policy, legal and security justifications for access to citizens’ data and communications; international law enforcement responses to genuine threat. To what extent are democratic processes being compromised by unauthorised access?
  10. 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.
  11. Surveillance, Gadgets and Governance
    Surveillance equipment and techniques, the procedures required and standards that must be met to employ them lawfully in the interests of law enforcement and serving client needs. What resources are available to the professional working in surveillance and related forensic activities, when is the use of these devices unlawful? How does one serve the client and stay within the law?

Places are limited so students are encouraged to apply early.


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