SCL Privacy International event : When the internet of things goes to court - what are the implications of your connected devices giving evidence against you? - Tuesday 24 April 2018, London

When: 24/04/2018

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Hosted and sponsored by The Law Society

Tuesday 24 April 2018
Time: 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm, drinks and networking from 7.30 pm)
Venue: The Law Society's Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL Map

Millie Graham Wood
, Privacy International
Myles Jackman, Obscenity Lawyer
Paris Theodorou, 
Criminal Defence Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen
Neil Brown
, Director, decoded:Legal

Panel for Q&A:
Tim Hill
, Technology Policy Adviser, The Law Society
Millie Graham Wood, Privacy International
Myles Jackman, Obscenity Lawyer
Paris Theodorou, 
Criminal Defence Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen
Neil Brown
, Director, decoded:Legal

Internet-connected devices can include a wide variety of everyday objects including children’s toys, fridges and hair brushes. We let these devices into our homes and onto our bodies at an increasing rate. Much has been debated about the basic privacy issues surrounding the internet of things, but little has been said about their role as a new frontier for criminal litigation and law enforcement. An issue that, as far as we are aware, has not been debated or discussed by the public or Parliament. There is a notable absence of consultation as the police develop, test and deploy new forms of technology and seek to exploit devices which hold data we may not know exists, or understand.

As global media reports on the use of Amazon echos, Fitbits and pacemakers in serious criminal investigations, Privacy International raises the risks associated with information asymmetry, unequal access and the potential unreliability of connected devices as a form of evidence. We also question, to what extent are we aware that our devices can betray us.

This event does not seek to provide the answers, but is an attempt to raise this debate, to get lawyers thinking about these issues in the home that we do not end up in a situation where we are reliant on outdated laws which fail to protect the public and ensure integrity of evidence.

Administration notes:
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