Information Management and the Law

Monday 13 May 2013

6.00pm for 6:30pm

Room RM326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

Rachel Burnett, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Southampton Solent University

Free of charge, for both BCS and Non-BCS members.

Joint BCS Hampshire Branch, BCSWomen and Southampton Solent University

Information can be collated, stored, accessed, modified, copied and disseminated with ease. Digital technology continues to transform its use. Big Data is the latest challenge for innovation and business change.

Rachel will discuss some of the ways in which the law is responding in terms of copyright infringement, security, data protection and privacy, and online abuse, with illustrations from recent cases and legislation. Is the ‘right to be forgotten’ effective? How can online communicators be identified? Is an appropriate balance struck between freedom of expression and offensive messages, and between the public interest and respect for privacy?

Rachel’s career combines both a technical and business background within the IT industry and in legal practice. She is Head of the IT/IP law team at Paris Smith, Solicitors, and works with the Open University.

She is Chair of the Computer Conservation Society, and former President of the British Computer Society.

Rachel is the author of several books on IT law, and the 3rd edition of Drafting and Negotiating IT Contracts, of which she is co-author, is being published later this year.

Before her legal career she was an IT professional in system development and project management.

She is a graduate of the University of Exeter and holds an honorary Doctorate of Technology from Southampton Solent University.