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In this session, we will learn about the evolution of cookies, their usage, potential risks and more.


Stef Elliott


6:30pm - Announcements
6:35pm - Introduction
6:40pm - Presentation
7:25pm - Q&A
7:55pm - Networking and refreshments
8:30pm - End of the event


Cookies are a fundamental part of how websites operate, but 30 years on from their inception, there is still mystique and the uncertainty of the risks and harms they pose specifically regarding Personal Data.

The demise of the cookie has been overstated! Given the advancement of technology practices and evolution of legislative controls the session provides the opportunity to individuals to develop their understanding, ask questions and collectively raise awareness of potential threats.

At the end of the session attendees will have a greater awareness of:

  • The evolution of cookies and their usage.
  • An understanding of how technical and legal developments have adjusted over time.
  • The potential risks, specifically for diversity, in how common technology solutions are deployed.
  • The mitigating options businesses and people have to reduce associated risks.

About the speaker

Stef ElliottStef Elliott

Stef has worked as an independent consultant in data and maximising its utility in an accountable way, since 2007. This involves helping a range of businesses plan, design, and construct digital solutions to optimise commercial returns – involving Data Strategy, Operational performance and Data Protection.

Stef’s worked with a range of clients across various vertical sectors and territories including Direct to consumer [e.g. Diageo, Haymarket Publishing, Fidelity Investment, Bauer Media, Royal Bank of Scotland, Chelsea Football Club, BBC Worldwide and The Really Useful Group] Business service providers [e.g. The Association of Online Publishers, The UK Information Commissioners Office, Oracle-Responsys, Populus, and Towers Watson].

Recent experience includes:

Global Data Steward – Consumer Data with Diageo (Guinness, Johnnie Walker and other ‘global brands’)

Determining the Association of Online Publishers (AOP) response with the Information Commissioners Office during the recent investigation into the practices and eco system behind Online Behavioural Targeting involving Data Protection Impact Assessment for the UK Information Commissioners Office on Google Analytics + training technical and management teams into online technologies and developing and deploying Accountability Framework for Pan European Leisure brand to evaluate current capabilities. Working with local teams to determine mitigating actions based upon Risk profile of local territories.

Stef brings a pragmatic approach reflecting his experiences acting as Translator between various functions to deliver sustainable solutions.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

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BCS is following government guidelines, and we would ask attendees to continue to follow these guidelines:

England: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://www.gov.wales/coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland

This event is brought to you by: Business Change specialist group and Software Practice Advancement (SPA)

Hybrid event: Happy 30th Birthday to the Cookie and why we still need to talk about them
Date and time
Monday 8 April, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue
This event is sold out