About the event

Innovative uses of technology and data are a critical part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The widespread use and availability of devices such as mobile phones provides the potential for valuable sources of data. Such data can be used to scale up typically manual interventions, such as contact tracing, but any new uses of personal data by the Government raises questions about privacy and oversight.

Existing safeguards, such as current data privacy regulations, may not be well suited to the unprecedented situation of a global pandemic. Governments therefore have to balance both the value and necessity of such interventions, and the extent to which public health data can be collected and analysed whilst still maintaining privacy for individuals.

In this webinar, panellists will discuss the key challenges in ethics, privacy, and trust, in relation to the collection and analysis of data as a public health intervention for countering COVID-19. Panellists include:

  • Dr Simon Eccles, Deputy CEO of NHSX and National Chief Clinical Information Officer
  • Lord Jonathan Evans KCB, DL, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Director General of the British Security Service MI5 from 2007 to 2013
  • Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Director at the Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute
  • Professor Jonathan Crowcroft, Marconi Professor at the University of Cambridge and Researcher-at-large at the Alan Turing Institute

 The webinar will be moderated by George Balston, Deputy Programme Director for Defence & Security, The Alan Turing Institute.

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