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21 November 2014

International Human Rights Day - A Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

  • Wednesday 10th December 2014
  • Law Society House
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm. Cost - Free
  • 1 General Group Study
  • Presented by: Clare Bates, Carson McDowell

We have all read in the press about ‘big data’ and surveillance. Big data is the trendy catch-phrase for the idea that large datasets can be analysed and processed for other purposes. In the private sector this creates a risk to consumer privacy.

When big data is used by governments for mass surveillance, the fundamental right to privacy and the protection of personal information comes under threat.

In this talk Clare Bates will outline how recent developments and revelations by whistleblowers have identified concerning inroads to the fundamental right to privacy, the impact which this has on individuals and the particular impact on the lawyer-client relationship. Clare will highlight important reported and pending cases and consider the challenges which new technologies create when protecting data protection rights.

Clare Bates

Clare is a partner in Carson McDowell LLP. Through her work in the field of healthcare she developed an interest and expertise in patient confidentiality and privacy. Clare has developed her practice in this area to provide advice to clients on a range of information law issues. Clare has extensive experience of providing advice in relation to Data Protection Act and Freedom Of Information Act requests as well as dealing with requests where the legislation overlaps. She has provided bespoke training to clients on Data Protection Act compliance and drafted and advised on the content of data protection polices. She assists clients with complex Subject Access Requests and complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office. She has advised both public sector clients and those providing services to public authorities in relation to FOIA requests and appeared at appeals before the Information Rights Tribunal.

Please click on the flyer below to download the pdf. Should you wish to book a place on the below event please email

As this is a free event it is recommended that you register your interest to attend as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.




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