Westminster eForum

Data and the digital economy - consumer rights, commercial opportunities, and the future for policy and best practice

Morning, Thursday, 29th November 2018

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


This timely seminar will consider the future for how data is used in the digital economy, as the UK government and the EU develop major policies on consumer protection and privacy.

It is set against the backdrop of major developments in UK policy, including the new Digital Services Tax, recently announced in the Chancellor’s Budget speech, as well as the upcoming Smart Data review and the announcement of a new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

It also takes place in the context of further policy developments in the UK and across Europe - including a call for evidence from an independent panel appointed to examine competition in the UK Digital Economy, the ongoing implementation of GDPR, and with the EU moving forward with the ePrivacy Regulation.

Following the announcement of the CMA’s investigation into the ‘loyalty penalty’ super-complaint brought by Citizen’s Advice, and research on consumer targeting through personalised pricing and search results commissioned jointly by BEIS and the CMA, discussion will bring out latest thinking on consumer protection in relation to data, and how businesses can best navigate the fast-evolving regulatory landscape and develop sustainable models for best practice.

Delegates will also consider the latest developments and innovations in the treatment, handling and utilisation of data - looking at the future for digital marketing, AI, data analytics, and the personalisation of online offers and search engine results.

Guest of Honour

Margot James MP

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, DCMS

Guest of Honour

Margot James MP

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, DCMS


Phil Bradley-Schmieg

Associate, Bird & Bird

Laurie Laybourn-Langton

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research

James Edgar

Policy Partner, Digitisation, Which?

Rachel Aldighieri

Managing Director, DMA Group

Samuel Day

Chief Marketing Officer, Confused.com

Imran Gulamhuseinwala

Trustee, Open Banking Implementation Entity and Global Head of FinTech, EY

Steve Wood

Deputy Commissioner (Executive Director - Policy), Information Commissioner’s Office

Sue Daley

Head of Programme, Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, TechUK

Helen Proctor

Legal Director - Data, Digital and Security, BT