Webinar - panel discussion with audience participation


Sheila M FitzPatrick and Steve Wright


18:30 Welcome and Introduction from Julian Schwarzenbach
18:35 Q & A panel discussion led by Daniel Cope, featuring Sheila M Fitpatrick and Steve Wright
19:30 Close

N.B. Attendees are invited to submit questions to the panel using the GoToWebinar question entry facility


Within Europe and its partners, society lives with legislation that is designed to protect us from the abuse of personal data. COVID-19 is a recent, deadly, and highly contagious disease. Without a vaccine, the only way to slow the pandemic is to stop people from mixing and take those who have, or may have, the disease, out of circulation. This is managed by a set of data collection and analysis activities, all of which potentially breach personal data privacy legislation, e.g.:

  • Citizen testing
  • Border controls
  • Infected citizen contact tracing
  • Citizen movement restriction, monitoring and policing
  • Citizen quarantine management including policing
  • Infected persons treatment
  • Fatality management
  • Results analysis and publication of all and any of the above.

There is a strong argument for allowing a personal data security lapse. Countries with less liberal regimes have imposed processes for the above irrespective of any concern over individual human “rights”, and it has been effective at reducing fatalities.

This event has been organised to discuss the dilemma. There are legal, ethical, moral, and pragmatic considerations. A panel of distinguished professionals in the field of personal data security has been assembled to examine this subject, within a framework of questions provided by the audience.

We expect this debate to be of wide interest, not only to those actively involved in compliance to personal data security legislation, but also those with a wider remit or interest in the operational politics of society, whether involved in education, management or government.

About the speakers

Sheila FitzPatrick is President and Founder of FitzPatrick & Associates, a strategic global data privacy and protection compliance consulting firm. She has over thirty-eight years’ experience in global data privacy, data protection and sovereignty compliance. Sheila is considered one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws in over 160 countries and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, European Data Protection Board (EDPB), country-specific data protection authorities in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and The Americas, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies.

She provides expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, issues associated with cloud computing, big data and new technologies, data breach compliance and management, and records management. Sheila has been recognized by Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) around the world for her depth of comprehension and commitment to data protection laws. She speaks regularly at global conferences and panel discussions and publishes many articles focused on data privacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Sheila is one of the foremost experts on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and was identified as one of the 2019 Data Economy 50 Most Powerful Women in the World, and the 2017 EMEA 50 recipients, an honour bestowed on the 50 most influential people in EMEA. Sheila was also honoured as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence 2017. Sheila holds a BA degree from Santa Clara University (CA) and a law degree (LLM) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Steve Wright has held senior roles, including Chief Information Security Officer, at Unilever, Deloitte, PwC, Siemens and Capita. He strongly believes that governance, cyber security and privacy are all inextricably linked as they share common objectives and principles, and therefore, require satisfactory safeguards and assurances. Steve is a published author, a non-executive director and is regularly invited to speak at industry events, trade associations and thought leadership working groups, working towards continually finding new ways to increase trust and transparency in respect of consumer services, business functions and product vendors.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Data Management SG

Webinar: Data privacy and security impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Date and time
Wednesday 1 July, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

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