Government is using data in new ways. This event looks at data use and the law, and will be relevant across areas including benefits, immigration, housing, discrimination, health, procurement, policing, or criminality and protest.

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Who this event is for:
Lawyers, researchers and policy professionals concerned with the data use and misuse and Government decision-making.

As delegates you will:

  • Learn how data is used and misused in automated decision-making
  • Understand how to challenge data misuse
  • Increase knowledge of how data and technology intersect with all areas of public law
  • Think critically about how the data protection of the future will look like

Delivery and ticketing:

This will be our big return to in-person conferences! The conference will be delivered as an all-day conference, hosted by Fieldfisher and presented in partnership with Fieldfisher and Monckton Chambers. Lunch and access to the electronic delegate pack is included in the cost of the tickets and the conference will be followed by a drinks reception.  Ticket prices:

  • Standard: £120
  • Discounted: £90

Please note that PLP has stopped charging VAT on tickets for events as of April 1, 2022.


Please note that this is a developing programme and some things are subject to change. More speakers TBA.

MAY 27th, 2022

10.00: Introduction

10.05-11.00: Key principles of data protection law

  • Khatija Hafesji, Monckton Chambers
  • Christopher Knight, 11KBW
  • Alex Lawrence-Archer, AWO Legal

11.00-11.30: Break

11.30-12.00: Why does data matter for algorithmic decision-making?
This introductory session will explain the difference between data and algorithmic decision-making, and will seek to explain how datasets are used for machine-learning. What are the dangers of this system?

  • Tatiana Kazim

12.00-12.30: What is the difference between EU GDPR and UK GDPR and why does that matter post-Brexit?

  • Eleonor Duhs, BatesWells

12.30-13.00: Is immigration enforcement within the scope of GDPR?

  • Kuba Jablonowski, University of Exeter
  • Julianne Kerr Morrison, Monckton Chambers

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30: Breakouts. Please select 1 of 3.

1. Data and welfare benefits
This panel will look at how government gathers data on people applying for benefits and how it is being stored, kept, and used.

  • Chair: Aoife O’Reilly, Public Law Project
  • Rick Burgess, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People
  • Jake Hurfurt, Big Brother Watch
  • Tom Royston, Garden Court North
  • Caroline Selman, Public Law Project

2. Data and immigration enforcement
This panel will look at how data is used and misused by immigration enforcement. Topics will include: the Home Office policy of taking phones off migrants on arrival in the UK, challenges to Operation Nexus, data over-collection within the EUSS, and more. How do data protection arguments interrelate with Article 8 arguments?

  • Chair: Ollie Persey, Garden Court Chambers
  • Lucie Audibert, Privacy International
  • Donnchadh Greene, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Clare Jennings, GoldJennings
  • Bernadette Smith, 1MCB Chambers

3. Data and policing
This panel will look at misuse of data within the Policing and Protest Bill; lack of appropriate consultation on reform bills; the discriminatory nature of the gangs’ matrix; and more.

  • Chair: Stephen Cragg QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Clare Duffy, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Adam Harkens, University of Birmingham
  • Habib Kadiri, StopWatch
  • Dan Squires QC, Matrix Chambers

15.30-16.00: Break

16.00-17.00: Closing panel
What will the government do next with data protection? Our speakers are looking to the future and positing on the importance of a data protection regulatory framework, the interlink between the proposed governmental reform and the importance of said framework, procurement, and protections of privacy. Should privacy be considered a right, and how would that right be protected in the future?

  • Chair: Bryony Poynor, Kaplan International
  • Ariane Adam, Public Law Project
  • Jonathan Blunden, DLA Piper
  • Declan O’Dempsey, Cloisters Chambers
  • Ian Rogers QC, Monckton Chambers

17.00: Finish

17.30: Drinks reception (We’ve allowed a 30 minute buffer to for programme overrun. If we finish on time reception will commence at 5pm).

How can individuals guard against data misuse? 
This workshop will be delivered remotely after May 27th. We are finalising dates and speakers and all attendees will be given full access to this workshop and its recording.

Presented in partnership with Monckton Chambers and Fieldfisher.

Please note that all bookings are processed manually by our Events Team and it might take 2-3 business days to receive confirmation.

Should you have any queries on ticketing or the programme, please email the PLP Events Team.


27 May 2022
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Riverbank House, 2 Swan lane

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Price: £120.00
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Price: £90.00
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Total: £90.00

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