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Tech UK, ICO, journalists and academics give evidence to new inquiry

17 June 2019

What are the opportunities and threats posed by the digital revolution and new technologies? What are our data rights and are private companies respecting them? How do we give consent online?

The UK Parliament's Human Rights Committee holds its first evidence session as part of its new inquiry into the Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution.

MPs and Peers are examining whether new safeguards to regulate the collection, use, tracking, retention and disclosure of personal data by private companies are needed to protect human rights and how new technologies can help enhance our rights.

Purpose of the session

This session focuses on the lawful basis for processing data and, in particular, on consent.

A report by Doteveryone showed that 62% of people are unaware that social media companies make money by selling data to third parties, 47% feel they have no choice but to sign up to terms and conditions, even if they have concerns about them and 51% say they have signed up to services online without understanding terms and conditions, even after they have tried to read them.


The Committee, made up of MPs and Peers and chaired by Harriet Harman MP, invites the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Tech UK, an academic from the London School of Economics and a journalist from specialist news site TechCrunch for their views.

Wednesday 19 June, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster

From 3.15pm

  • Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner (Policy), Information Commissioner's Office
  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, TechUK
  • Dr Orla Lynskey, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics
  • Natasha Lomas, Journalist, TechCrunch

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