Surveillance: expert perspectives

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Join us for this event discussing the critical topic of surveillance as we are joined by legal and surveillance experts. Our speakers will offer their respective perspectives on surveillance, taking in questions of privacy and regulations in the acquisition, use, retention, and destruction of data in the justice system or workplace.

The event will be relevant to elected politicians, academics, unions, employees, and employers. The subject has become more topical since the appointments of the Biometrics Commissioner in Scotland and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in London. You may learn from this event how, when, where and why FRT (Facial Recognition Technology) may impact on your everyday life, as well as judicial decisions such as that made by the Appeal Court in 2020. 

Questions in advance are welcome and should be submitted at the latest and for collation by 1200 noon on Monday 4 April. If submitting a question via [email protected], it is critical you, please include title, forename, surname, job title and organization or company.

RSA Fellows and guests are invited to register for this event, open to all and which is to be delivered via Zoom.

Speaker Biographies:

Professor Kirstie Ball is a respected academic at the University of St Andrews. She is closely involved with CRISP, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy which also involves academics from Stirling, Essex and Edinburgh Universities. Professor Ball also holds a five-year Research Fellowship at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, Canada. She has written widely on surveillance both in terms of formal reports* and a diversity of articles.

Iain Mitchell was called to the Scottish Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1992. He was called to the English Bar in 2012. Amongst other appointments he is Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law, is a member of the IT Committee of the CCBE and is a past chairman of the CCBE Surveillance Work Party. He was accredited by the Mediation Bureau (Scotland) in 1997 and by the Mediation Forum Ireland in 2007. He holds an Honorary Lectureship in IT Law at the ITM Institute, Wilhelms Universitat, Munster, Germany.

Dr Brian Plastow, Scottish Biometrics Commissioner, is a former Lead Inspector for HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. His role is intended to support and promote the adoption of lawful, effective and ethical practices in relation to biometric data. He has conducted independent research into policing, equalities and human rights and holds a PhD in criminology from the University of Leicester.

As background, this is the link for a recent report by Professor Ball: 

The reference is: Ball, K. (2021) Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance in the Workplace, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, ISBN 978-92-76-41480-3, doi:10.2760/451453, JRC125716 

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