Data trusts workshop

Learn more Registration closed Add to Calendar 09/23/2019 10:00 AM 09/23/2019 05:00 PM Europe/London Data trusts workshop Location of the event
Monday 23 Sep 2019
Time: 10:00 - 17:00

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What are the best ways to create `bottom-up’ empowerment structures that acknowledge the fact that there are many different ways of balancing the risks and responsibilities that come with personal data, while also taking into account its being a source of significant vulnerability? Can data be held in a Trust?

This event will include an opening keynote from Sana Kharegani (Office for AI), a ’Trust Law 101’ talk from Professor Ben McFarlane (UCL) and several discussion panels with both academic and non-academic experts in data science, law and public policy.’

About the event

Legal Trusts differ from contractual (or corporate) structures in several key respects, chief amongst which are the fiduciary responsibilities of the data trustee, which entail an obligation of undivided loyalty towards the beneficiaries. The trustee's ‘office’ is overseen by a Court whose intervention powers are very different from those that apply in contractual or corporate scenarios. 

Some have questioned whether data can indeed be held in a legal Trust: part of this workshop will be dedicated to a debate about the extent to which some kinds of data may be said to give rise to some property rights, and whether this property rights debate is at all relevant to the question of whether data can be the subject-matter of a Trust.

Another part of this workshop will consider the concrete implementation challenges underlying such bottom-up empowerment structures, including the extent to which data portability, access and erasure mechanisms may be automated.

This event is organised in collaboration with the Jesus College Intellectual Forum, who is co-sponsoring the event.

View a copy of the agenda here


Further info

The entry to West Court is directly on Jesus Lane, near to the intersection with Park Street. Please DO NOT ENTER through the main entrance to the Porters’ Lodge, known as "the Chimney”. 

Webb Library
West Court
Jesus College, Jesus Lane


Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

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