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The future of the UK’s data protection frameworks

Morning, Thursday, 26th November 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will consider future developments in data protection regulation and practice in the UK, including discussion on the key changes expected around the end of the Brexit transition period.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

The discussion in detail:

Data protection in the context of the pandemic

  • key data protection implications emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of more remote working and a greater reliance on technology with varying levels of data security
  • development of contact-tracing apps, the NHS Test and Trace service, and the way that personal data is handled

The UK’s regulatory framework, Brexit and wider international relationships

  • remaining priorities for developing the UK’s post-Brexit data protection policy and regulatory frameworks
  • progress and next steps for a UK-EU data adequacy agreement, the impact of the UK-US data access agreement on the negotiation with the EU, and the wider future for international data exchange
  • resolving potential conflicts between EU data protection regulation and UK domestic legislation such as the Investigatory Powers Act 2016
  • the use of standard contractual clauses for data transfers by UK businesses
  • potential future divergence in the interpretation of the GDPR by UK courts from the CJEU’s interpretations and rulings
  • the impact on UK businesses and organisations of the requirement under Article 71 of the Withdrawal Agreement to comply with the GDPR as it stands on 31st December 2020, for data processing taking place in the UK but pertaining to non-UK data subjects

Compliance and key lessons learned from across the UK economy

  • the state of compliance, best practice and the experience of the data protection landscape across sectors in the UK economy, including finance, advertising, and online services
  • unresolved issues and next steps for the ongoing implementation of GDPR in the UK, including the development of sector-specific codes of conduct
  • regulatory enforcement actions under the GDPR up to now, including penalties issued in relation to instances of data breaches - and the future approach to data protection enforcement

The agenda:

  • Key future priorities and strategic aims for enforcement and regulation in data protection
  • Developing and implementing sectoral codes of conduct
  • Compliance, best practice and the experience of today’s data protection landscape across sectors in the UK economy
  • The impact of COVID-19 - increased remote working, greater reliance of technology, and the data protection implications of contact-tracing
  • Data protection in the UK post-Brexit - the Withdrawal Agreement, progress on an adequacy decision, and regulatory obligations for UK organisations after the end of the transition period
  • The way forward for UK data protection policy - regulatory alignment and potential divergence, and the UK’s international position

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from the technology and telecoms industries, media businesses along with their suppliers and their advisors, digital platforms and other companies with a major presence online, digital marketing and advertising companies and trade bodies, businesses in the regulated industries, charities and third sector organisations, public services and public sector organisations that handle large volumes of personal data, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, legal and financial analysts, academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Chris Combemale

Chief Executive Officer, Data & Marketing Association

Eleonor Duhs

Director, Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy, Fieldfisher

Harry Lee

Deputy Director, Data Protection and Data Rights, DCMS


Rafi Azim-Khan

Head of IP/IT and Data Privacy, Pillsbury Law

Linda NiChualladh

Head of Privacy (Legal), EMEA, Citi