Breach and Tell: Meeting Preview

September 6, 2009

Stewart Room and Vivienne Artz are the speakers at the SCL London Group meeting on 7 September. They will be addressing the trends in the regulation of data breach.

In response to the changes in legislation in California, regulators across the world have been considering a move to impose data breach notification requirements in their jurisdiction. There is real pressure to amend the Data Protection Directive and to add such a requirement to the UK legislation. Stewart and Vivienne, privacy law practitioner and in-house expert respectively, will share their different perspectives and will examine the potential impact of the growing trend.

{b}Stewart Room{/b} is a Partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP. {b}Vivienne Artz{/b} is Director and Head of International IP and O&T Law Group at Citigroup. The meeting will also benefit greatly from the considerable expertise of its Chair – {b}Johanna Pimentel{/b} is Privacy Director EMEASA at Western Union. As ever, SCL members will have the opportunity to contribute from the floor of the meeting.

SCL members are invited to comment on the meeting on this blog. A short report will be available following the meeting.

The meeting is fully booked but a podcast based on a recording of the event will be available via this site and will be {i}free{/i} to SCL members. Moreover, {i}free{/i} CPD will be available to SCL members who complete an online course based on the podcast once the recording is available.


{i}Stewart Room{/i} is a partner in the privacy and information law group of Field Fisher Waterhouse. He is dual qualified as a barrister and a solicitor holding full Higher Court Rights of Audience, with over 18 years experience as a litigator and advocate. Stewart has considerable expertise and reputation in data protection matters. In 2008 he was named as the Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year, for his work with IT companies.
Stewart has vast experience of all aspects of data protection and data security matters, for clients including Marks & Spencer, Vodafone, Nestle, BBC, RSA, Symantec, Hitachi Data Systems, CapGemini and the Department for Transport. He regularly defends data controllers in regulatory and criminal proceedings brought by the Information Commissioner for data security breaches and other infringements. In 2007 he successfully secured the first acquittal of a data controller in criminal proceedings brought by the Information Commissioner for over 300 counts of data theft. In 2008 he secured the first ever cancellation of an enforcement notice, which ordered a major public company to undergo a programme of laptop encryption.
Stewart is the author and editor of the data protection chapter in “Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice” (2005 to date), author of “Data Protection and Compliance in Context” (2006), author of “Email: Law, Practice and Compliance” (2008) and Butterworths “Data Security Law & Practice” (2009). He is also the President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers, a member of the British Computer Society Information Privacy Expert Panel and founder of DPA Law, a leading free online resource on data protection.

{i}Vivienne Artz{/i} is a Director and Head of International for the IP and O&T Law Group at Citigroup. Her role includes responsibility for a wide range of intellectual property, information technology, information security, e-commerce, data protection, electronic trading and order routing, and market data issues. Vivienne joined Citigroup in 2000. Previously she worked for a number of years in private practice at Taylor Wessing and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert specialising in Information Technology and E-Commerce law. This included a long secondment to AXA Financial Services where she provided technology legal support. Vivienne trained and qualified at Bird & Bird. Vivienne has an MA from Oxford University, Diplomas from The Sorbonne, Paris, and qualified as a Solicitor with the University of London. Vivienne also has a Diploma in Technology and Electronic Banking Law from Queen Mary & Westfield College in London. Vivienne chairs the Data Protection Working Party for the London Investment Banking Association, and is an active participant in the Technology Discussion Group.