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The CLSR-LSPI Seminar - 'The Future of Privacy Regulation in the Online World'


Chaired by: Prof Steve Saxby, Editor-in-Chief of Computer Law & Security Review (CLSR)


Date: September 19, 2011


Venue: University of Nicosia, Cyprus


Time: 17:00-19:00 pm



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In 2010 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that privacy is no longer a social norm and that the rise of social networking online means that people no longer have an expectation of privacy? Is he right?
In 2011, the Press Complaints Commission in the United Kingdom claim that Tweeter tweets were public communications and could be republished by the media. Are they right?



This Workshop will discuss a wide range of issues including:


- Can Global Privacy be tackled internationally and if so, how?


- Is Art.8 of the European Human Rights Convention now the benchmark for assertion of privacy? Is privacy still a tort or now just a human right and what are the implications if that is true?


- To what extent is privacy defined by cultural and political structure?


- Is responsibility for guiding young people in the use of the Internet, particularly social networking, a matter for parental guidance or education rather than for the law?


- The increasing use of location data and the risks associated with the mobile internet of tracking of people and objects.


- The dangers of function creep arising from systems such as Street view and Google earth. How, and by whom, might dangers be averted or minimized?. The dangers of function creep are also apparent with systems such as the UK’s DNA database where data is held from millions of people who have not been convicted of any offence.


- Multi-national companies such as Google are increasingly trying to use data in one context, for example email, to level entry into other markets such as social networking. Can national or even supranational entities such as the EU, regulate such activities.

Competition regulation - should we have new product regulation if it is adapting an existing service with so called added value that may infringe privacy?


- The implications of Tim Berners Lee's We 2.0 share data now initiative  and what this means for privacy


- Are airport body scanners and biometric passports now the future?


- The new data sharing agreement for routine disclosure of passenger data, what this means and whether any of this can be properly policed.


- Is Wikileaks a good thing or potentially does it result in more harm than good? Which is uppermost - free speech or privacy?

Regulation of the media and the values that drive the privacy versus free speech debate forward.




We observe the constant barrage of new threats and yet privacy does not seem to have developed any accepted understanding as to what it stands for. This weakens privacy in the wake of particularly action by the State, the police and companies like Google that trade across the world.  


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