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'The testing times' for data privacy in the aftermath of COVID

Talk presented by Professor Vladlena Benson 18:30-19:30 on Wednesday 16th June 2021.




The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world and the digital ways in which we work and live are here to stay for the long run.


Organisations have digitised up to 25% faster during the multiple lockdowns, while businesses who were not born digital have been pushed into the virtual mode operandi almost overnight.


As we are witnessing the global digital transformation, personal data collection and processing have been scaled up to an unprecedented level. Think Track and Trace, vaccine passports and the trusted framework for digital identity sharing rolled out in record time. Less visible are the newly approved statutory instruments, called The Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, US Cloud Act, Amendment to Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act, not to mention China’s technology dominance. The data sovereignty initiative aimed to give data ownership back to individuals looks as unreal as going to a pub in the lockdown. The work on personal privacy modelling and privacy enhancing technologies are seemingly overshadowed by the greater good.


The talk will explore the pivotal point where our society finds itself on the personal privacy debate in the post-COVID world.


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