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Data protection and the future of data regulation in the UK

February 2022

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference considered the priorities for the future of data protection and regulation in the UK in the context of key developments, including:

  • the consultation on the future of the UK’s data regime, building on the National Data Strategy
  • plans to reform the role and scope of the ICO
  • the development of future ‘data adequacy’ partnerships to boost growth and trade

We were pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Louise Byers, Director of Planning Risk and Governance, ICO; Emily Keaney, Director of Legislative Reform, ICO; Harry Lee, Deputy Director, Data Protection and Data Rights, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Isabel Ost, Solicitor, Head of Data Protection, KPMG Law; Vivienne Artz, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, IAPP; and Head, Data Working Group, International Regulatory Strategy Group; and Wendy Wagner, Partner, Gowling WLG.

This was a timely opportunity to consider next steps for adapting policy and regulation to support the safe use of data, and for delivering an effective regulatory regime that also facilitates innovation.

In addition, delegates looked at what would be needed at a global level, and discussed the role of international data adequacy agreements, what can be learned from international best practice for data protection and regulation, and priorities for the International Data Transfers Expert Council.

Sessions in the agenda included:

  • data protection and the evolving international landscape - trends and issues
  • the UK data protection regime and the evolving role of the ICO - assessing reform
  • supporting data sharing and innovation across the UK economy - adapting regulation and policy
  • an international perspective on data protection, regulation, and enforcement - case study
  • future data adequacy partnerships:
    • prospects for trading opportunities
    • international collaboration and economic growth
    • implications for the UK
  • UK data protection policy and the development of the UK’s future data regime - next steps

The discussion is brought together stakeholders with key policy officials who attended from the CMA; the Cabinet Office; the CPS; the DCMS; the DfE; the DfT; the DHSC; the DIT; the DSTL; DWP; the FCDO; the Food Standards Agency; the GLD; HMRC; the Home Office; the ICO; the IPO; the MoJ; the NCA; Ofcom; the OLS; the OSR; the OPSS; The Scottish Government; UK Health Security Agency; UK Statistics Authority; the Welsh Government; and the WRA - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materialfs, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda