SCL Data Protection Update Seminar 2012: "Looking Forwards (in-depth look at the proposed Data Protection Regulation) & Looking Back" - London - 22 February 2012

When: 22/02/2012

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Essential training from only £75 + VAT

Hosted and sponsored by Bristows

Mark Watts,
Partner, Bristows, Chair, SCL Privacy and Data Protection Group
Christopher Millard, Of Counsel, Bristows, Professor of Privacy and Information Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Hazel Grant, Partner, Bristows,

It has been a momentous period for data protection law. The new draft Data Protection Regulation, new monetary penalty guidance, enforcement action by the ICO, shelved enforcement action by the EU Commission and an abundance of comment from EU Commissioners, the EDPS, the Article 29 Working Party and all manner of business leaders. IT lawyers and others with data protection responsibilities could be forgiven for declaring a succession of duvet days and waiting for a calmer time.  But this two-hour seminar will make it all bearable – identify the key topics and clarify the cloudier issues. Mark Watts, Christopher Millard and Hazel Grant will look at the most significant developments in data protection over the last 12 months and how things are likely to change in 2012 and beyond. With publication of the draft Data Protection Regulation widely regarded as a sea-change moment for data protection, this really is an unmissable session.

Attendees will hear about how the European data protection landscape will change and the significant business impact that these changes will have. The impact of the proposed Regulation on new technologies, such as cloud, social networking, mobile apps and location services will be considered, along with its potential implications for multinationals and their existing compliance programs. The following issues will be considered (amongst others):

  • How might the rules regarding binding corporate rules and data transfers change?
  • What is the potential impact of the new Regulation for outsourcing service providers?
  • How might the likes of Google, Facebook and other social networks be affected?
  • Enforcement under the new Regulation – fines of up to 5% of worldwide turnover!
  • What should companies do now to anticipate the changes?

Speakers' details:
Mark Watts
is an IT specialist with over 16 year's experience. He advises companies on IT legal issues such as software development, system deployment, outsourcing, E-Commerce and data protection.  Much of Mark's experience was gained in-house at IBM where he held various roles. 

Mark has advised on many high-profile private and public sector outsourcing transactions.  He advises companies deploying business critical IT platforms and applications, as well as advising on the creation of social networking websites, WIKIs and online trading websites.  Mark has particular expertise in data protection; he was Global Privacy Counsel at IBM for many years.  He advises many multinationals companies on general international data protection compliance issues, particularly on international data transfers matters.

Mark is the Chair of the SCL Privacy and Data Protection Group, a member of the correspondent panel of Computer Law & Security and is a member of the editorial board of Privacy & Data Protection.

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He has 25 years experience in the technology and communications law fields and has led many multi-jurisdictional information governance and data protection compliance projects. Before he joined Bristows as a consultant in 2008, Christopher was a partner at Linklaters for six years and head of that firm's global privacy practice. Prior to that he was at Clifford Chance for more than 18 years, including 10 years as a partner.

His first book, Legal Protection of Computer Programs and Data (1985), was a pioneering comparative study in the technology law field. He is a General Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and was a founding editor of Data Protection Laws of the World.

Christopher was a member of the OECD's Steering Group on Contractual Solutions for Transborder Data Flows (2000-01) and since 2002 has been a member of the International Chamber of Commerce's Task Force on Privacy and Protection of Personal Data. He has served as Chair of SCL (1994-96), as President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (1994-96) and as Co-Chair of the Technology & E-Commerce Committee of the International Bar Association (2002-04).

Hazel Grant is an IT lawyer, specialising in IT procurements and information law. Her clients range from central government departments and agencies to global IT service providers.

As a data protection specialist, Hazel advises on data protection compliance strategies , as well as the implementation of privacy-compliant technologies and processes.  Her data protection work includes audits, government data sharing projects and responses to data security breaches.  Additionally, she advises on responses to freedom of information requests and handling appeals to decision notices.  As part of her compliance work, Hazel advises on the implementation of the anti-bribery procedures required by the Bribery Act 2010.

Hazel is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy, a contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of Information Technology Law.  She is a member of the editorial board of the Freedom of Information Journal and of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Administration notes:
The cost of attendance at this seminar is £75 + VAT (£90) for SCL members and £100 + VAT (£120) for non-members. VAT invoices will be issued to all delegates. 

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Under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme, the Barristers' New and Established Practitioner Programmes and ILEX's CPD Scheme this event is accredited with 2 hours of CPD.

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