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Where to after Watson: The challenges and future of data retention in the UK

An event hosted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and sponsored by Simmons & Simmons. 

Date: 11th May 2017
Time: 17:30 – 19:30 (Registration open from 17:00). Followed by a reception
Venue: Simmons & Simmons, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS
Cost: Members £15, Non-members £25

This event can be booked on the British Institute for International and Comparative Law website. Book now.

The judgment of the CJEU in the Watson case was handed down shortly before the year’s end in 2016. The determination that member states may not impose on communications providers a general obligation to retain data was applauded by privacy groups and has undoubtedly caused disquiet among those involved in policing and intelligence. What parliamentarians and judges will make of it in the coming months – and, post-Brexit, years – is both uncertain and important.

In this event, experts will examine the strengths, weaknesses and implications of the decision, with an eye to rights protections, the need to combat serious crime, and the practicalities of managing both in light of the European Court’s decision.

Speakers:

  • The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee
  • Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
  • Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Incoming Director, Information Law and Policy Centre, IALS
  • Renate Samson, Chief Executive, Big Brother Watch

Chair:

  • Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex

For more information download the event flyer and join in the conversation: @BinghamCentre, #Watson

Upcoming event, 19 October 2015, 6.30pm: Whose Investigatory Power Is It Anyway? Security, Source Protection and Surveillance

The Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, in collaboration with the Media Society, is pleased to announce this exciting panel event, featuring Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General, Ewen MacAskill, Defence and Intelligence Correspondent, The Guardian, and Jessica Simor QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers.

Whose Investigatory Power Is It Anyway?

Security, Source Protection and Surveillance

Monday October 19th 6.30 for 7pm

Reed Smith LLP

The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS

Book your place here

David Anderson QC’s long-awaited review of surveillance law recommends legislative overhaul, including a stronger role for the judiciary, and the government has promised to “modernise” the law on communications data with a new Investigatory Powers Bill. But will the government get the balance right? What are the likely effects if some, all or none of the Anderson recommendations are followed? What are the implications for journalism and freedom of expression? How would Anderson’s recommendations affect national security and efforts to prevent terrorism? And do they address reasonable concerns about privacy rights? Meanwhile, the row continues over the NSA leaks, with whistle-blower Edward Snowden characterised as both hero and villain in the media. This special Media Society event with leading journalists, politicians and campaigners will look at the tense and complex debates within and between UK intelligence agencies, government departments and media organisations, asking who should have what investigatory powers.

PANEL:

  • Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK
  • Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General
  • Ewen MacAskill, Defence and Intelligence Correspondent, The Guardian
  • Jessica Simor QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers

CHAIR:

  • Dr Judith Townend, Director, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

ORGANISER:

The Media Society, in association with the Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

With grateful thanks to our host Reed Smith LLP

TICKETS

Students – £5.00, Media Society Members – £10.00, Guests – £15.00.

Book via Eventbrite