The vast array of consumer data now gathered, shared and traded provides extraordinary opportunities for service innovation and improvement, but also raises privacy concerns. Challenges are growing for individuals seeking to control what they share and with whom; as well as for the organisations tasked with keeping it secure.

This seminar will provide an overview of current policy developments in the data protection and privacy spheres.

Topics to include:

  • How is data protection evolving in Europe from a technological and legal perspective?
  • What will be the impact of unified GDPR legislation — will it help or hinder innovation?
  • What are the pros and cons of a ‘right to be forgotten’?
  • What are some of the practical considerations in giving people control over their data?  (Eg: what does meaningful consent look like for internet of things?  What is the notion of ‘privacy by design’?)

About the speakers

  • Ben Zevenbergen

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Ben Zevenbergen joined the Oxford Internet Institute to pursue a DPhil on the intersection of privacy law, technology, social science, and the
    Internet. He runs a side project that aims to establish ethics guidelines
    for Internet research, as well as working in multidisciplinary teams such
    as the EU funded Network of Excellence in Internet Science. He has worked on legal, political and policy aspects of the information society for
    several years. Most recently he was a policy advisor to an MEP in the
    European Parliament, working on Europe’s Digital Agenda. Previously
    Bendert worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the
    Netherlands. Bendert holds a degree in law, specialising in Information
    Law.

    Research interests
    Privacy, ethics, internet governance, copyright, net neutrality.