The GDPR and Beyond: Privacy, Transparency and the Law

Organisers: Adrian Weller (The Alan Turing Institute and University of Cambridge, UK), Josh Cowls (The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Date: 23 March 2018

Time: 8.30 – 18.15

Venue: The Alan Turing Institute

Agenda: Download full agenda

Principal sponsors: Accenture and Clifford Chance

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the European Union in May 2018. The regulation is designed to strengthen the European data protection regime for personal data of EU residents which is processed within the EU and outside it. Notably, the GDPR also addresses the use of automated algorithmic decision-making and profiling in processing personal data, raising questions about the extent to which data subjects have rights to meaningful information about the logic involved, to obtain human intervention, and to contest decisions made by solely automated systems.

By addressing a wide array of concepts, including fairness, transparency, privacy, consent, and interpretability, the GDPR is set to reshape the relationship between governments, corporations, and the individuals whose personal data they process.

Since organisations found not to be in compliance with the regulation will face serious penalties (up to 4% of global revenue), there is great interest in exactly what the GDPR does and does not require, as well as how it will be interpreted after implementation.

This day-long, expert-led workshop will explain the purposes and provisions of the GDPR, and explore what next steps might be for the regulation of artificial intelligence.

Speakers and panellists will include:

Elizabeth Denham (Information Commissioner, UK)

Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.The Commissioner has also demonstrated a focus on the essential role data protection can play in innovation, and the importance of organisations understanding the growing impetus on companies to be accountable for what they do with personal data. This forms a central part of the new General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May 2018.

In 2011, Ms Denham was honoured as a UBC distinguished alumni for her pioneering work in archives and leadership in the field of access and privacy. In 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an Officer of the Legislature of British Columbia, Canada. In 2017, she was recognised as being one of the three most influential people in data-driven business in the annual DataIQ 100 list. She was honoured to accept the appointment of Visiting Professor in University College London’s department of Information Studies. The professorship will extend until 2022. In 2018, she was named as the most influential person in data-driven business in the updated DataIQ 100 list.


Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belguim)

Mireille Hildebrandt is a tenured Research Professor on ‘Interfacing Law and Technology’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She works with the research group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the VUB Faculty of Law and Criminology. She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research interests concern the implications of automated decisions, machine learning and mindless artificial agency for law and the rule of law in constitutional democracies. She has published 4 scientific monographs, 21 edited volumes or special issues, and over 100 chapters and articles in scientific journals and volumes. Personal website:


Sophia Adams Bhatti (The Law Society, UK)

Sophia is a public policy and regulation expert, having spent over 15 years in the regulatory and policy arena, working across a range of sectors, including legal services, financial services, economic regulation and healthcare. Sophia joined the Law Society in July 2016 where, as the Director, she leads the Society’s legal and regulatory policy team with oversight for policy development across the full breadth of the justice system, engaging with policy makers in government, and partner agencies. Sophia is also a member of the winning team from the recent Online Courts Hackathon, having co-created the digital system known as CoLin.

Nozha Boujemaa, (DATAIA Institute, France)

Nozha Boujemaa is a Senior Research Scientist at Inria, Director of DATAIA Institute (Data Sciences, Intelligence & Society), Project leader of TransAlgo scientific platform for algorithmic systems transparency and accountability. Nozha is Knight of the National Order of Merit, President of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Technological Research “SystemX”, Senior Scientific Advisor for “The AI Initiative“, International Advisor for Japanese Science and Technology Agency Program “Advanced Core Technologies for Big Data Integration”, Elected Member of the Board of Directors of Big Data Value Association, General-chair of European Big Data Value Forum 2017, Member of the Scientific Councils of INRA, CentraleSupélec and Member of the Strategic Orientation Council of Institut Français. Previously, Advisor to the Chairman and the CEO of Inria in Data Science with concern to the socioeconomic impact, Director of Inria Saclay Research Center for 5 years (500 people – 2010-2015), Scientific Head of IMEDIA research group -Large Scale Multimedia Content Search- for over 10 years till 2010. Nozha Boujemaa is the co-author of over 150 international publications. She has supervised over 25 PhD and master students.


Christina Demetriades (Accenture, UK)

Christina is the Deputy General Counsel at Accenture. Christina manages a global team spanning 48 countries who support Accenture’s sales, solution development and client delivery teams. She is also a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council. Since joining Accenture in 2013, Christina’s personal focus has been to create enabling legal and compliance structures that help Accenture’s offering and product developers navigate unchartered (and often times unregulated) areas in emerging technologies such as AI, quantum computing, blockchain and Immersive Experiences. Christina was a founding member of Accenture’s Digital Leadership Team in 2014, applying her commercial and legal expertise to help incubate Accenture Digital’s inception and launch. Christina is an executive sponsor of our Responsible AI practice at a global level. Most recently, Christina presented on the topic of Risk and Trust at Transform.AI ( and the annual CFI conference ( )”


Jonathan Kewley (Clifford Chance, UK)

Jonathan is a specialist data privacy Partner, with a particular focus on businesses with extensive technology and IP. He has acted for some of the world’s largest banks and insurers, major corporates and governmental organisations on data protection, cyber security and confidential information. Jonathan also has expertise in European data privacy reform and new legislation, as well as experience in international data exports to the US and the rest of the world.


Brent Mittelstadt (University of Oxford and The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Brent Mittelstadt is a Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in data ethics at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Turing Fellow, and a member of the UK National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee. He is an ethicist focusing on auditing, interpretability, and ethical governance of complex algorithmic systems, with a particular focus on medical expert systems. Currently, he is examining the feasibility of ethical auditing of decision-making algorithms, and the development of standards and methods to ensure fairness, accountability, transparency, interpretability and group privacy in ‘black box’ algorithmic systems. His recent work has also addressed data protection and privacy law, in particular concerning the implications of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the governance of AI and automated decision-making systems.


Michael Ross (DynamicAction, UK)

Michael has spent the last 25 years at the intersection of the digital and data worlds. He is currently the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of DynamicAction which is a leader in big data analytics and AI for retail. He was previously the founder and CEO of, and started his career at McKinsey consulting in the early days of the internet. He is a non-executive director of Sainsbury’s Bank and N.Brown plc, and is on the Commercial Development Board of the Turing.


Michael Veale (UCL, UK)

Michael Veale is a doctoral researcher in responsible public sector machine learning at University College London specialising in the fairness and accountability of data-driven tools in the public sector and the interplay between advanced technologies and data protection law. His research has been cited by international bodies and regulators, in the media, and debated in Parliament. He has acted as consultant on machine learning and society for the World Bank, the Royal Society and the British Academy, and previously worked on IoT, health and ageing at the European Commission. He tweets at @mikarv.


Sandra Wachter (University of Oxford and The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Dr. Sandra Wachter is a lawyer and Research Fellow in Data Ethics, AI, robotics and Internet Regulation/cyber-security at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Alan Turing Institute in London as well as a member of the Law Committee of the IEEE. She serves as a policy advisor for governments and NGO’s around the world on regulatory and ethical questions concerning emerging technologies. Prior to joining the OII, Sandra worked at the Royal Academy of Engineering and at the Austrian Ministry of Health.


Karen Yeung (Birmingham Law School, UK)

Karen Yeung is Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics at the University of Birmingham in the School of Law and the School of Computer Science and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her research expertise lies in the regulation and governance of, and through, emerging technologies, with her more recent and on-going work focusing on the legal, ethical, social and democratic implications of a suite of technologies associated with automation and the ‘computational turn’, including big data analytics, artificial intelligence (including various forms of machine learning), distributed ledgers (including blockchain) and robotics. Her work has been at the forefront of nurturing ‘law, regulation and technology’ as a sub-field of legal and interdisciplinary scholarship, reflected in the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Roger Brownsword and Eloise Scotford) in 2017. She is currently a member of the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) and joint author of the Royal Society-British Academy report ‘Data Management and Use: Governance in the 21st Century’ (2017).


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