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The Evolution of Data Protection

The events of the last year have presented new challenges for all of us. It has changed the way we live our everyday lives...for the moment. Our relationship with data, our need for it and how we use it has also changed. This has brought Data Protection further into the spotlight with new approaches requiring DPOs to answer new questions in ways they couldn’t have envisaged a year ago.

But what have the key challenges been? What are the effects and what lies ahead?

Get the perspectives of Data Protection experts Jon Baines, Barry Moult and David Hyett in our webinar panel session discussing these issues and how to combat them.

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Meet the panellists

Jon Baines

Jon Baines
Data Protection Advisor at Mishcon de Reya LLP
Chair of the National Association of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officers (NADPO)


Barry Moult

Barry Moult
IRMS Fellow and Information Governance consultant

Barry received both the ICO Excellence in DP Award and the IRMS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.


David Hyett

David Hyett

David has been Head of Information Governance and Data Protection Officer at UK Research and Innovation since its formation in 2018. Prior to this, he has held a number of information related roles and first became involved with data protection with planning for implementation of the 1998 Data Protection Act. He is a firm believer in the value of information governance, both in terms of risk reduction and business benefits.

Is FOI an endangered species?

With FOI response rates at their lowest levels since the Act came into force, the emergence of ‘the Clearing House’ and last month’s Tribunal concerning territorial limitations, concern for the Act and transparency has grown.

But what is the true state of FOI today? Hear from FOI experts Estelle Dehon, Jon Baines, Maurice Frankel OBE and William Goodwin in our panel session, and decide for yourself.

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Meet the panellists

Estelle Dehon

Estelle Dehon
Cornerstone Barristers

Estelle represented the appellant, investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi, in one of the lead cases in the Tribunal which, on 27 January 2021, confirmed no territorial limitations in FOIA.

Read Estelle's guest blogs


Jon Baines

Jon Baines
Data Protection Advisor at Mishcon de Reya LLP
Chair of the National Association of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officers (NADPO)


Maurace Frankel

Maurice Frankel OBE
Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information

Maurice received an OBE in 2004 for services to open government.


William Goodwin

Bill Goodwin
Investigations editor of tech publication Computer Weekly

William specialises in privacy, surveillance and national security.

Read our Guest Blogs on FOI

Where is FOI Going?

Jon Baines explores the fall in FOI response rates, how the act is currently regulated, and what this could mean for the future.

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Questioning the Fundamentals of FOIA

In her two part blog series, Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers discusses 'requester blindness', part of the bedrock of the FOIA, what the implications of the 'Territoriality' question could have meant for public authorities, the appeals and issues raised in the Tribunal and what the decision on 27th January 2021 means for FOI and its preservation.

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