Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Surveillance and data protection: use and effectiveness

February 2010

As debate continued to surround the scale of surveillance in the UK, this seminar addressed issues of surveillance and personal privacy. Sessions focused on the extent of personal information collected by Government, public bodies and industry, and how this is stored and shared between Government departments and external agencies. Furthermore, sessions looked at the growth of the DNA database, the interception of communications data by public bodies and the introduction of the National Identity Register, examining how to balance security and civil liberties. The seminar also examined the role of the Information Commissioner and questioned whether the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and Data Protection Act need revising.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates