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29th July 2020

IIC Webinar: Privacy & pandemic: The evolving privacy and data protection considerations for the telecoms, media and technology sector

Virtual Event

Wednesday 29 July 2020
Time: 0900 EDT / 1400 BST / 2100 SGT / 2300 AEST
Duration: 1.5 hours

With COVID-19 and digital contact tracing efforts shining a light on privacy and data sharing, what strengths and weaknesses have been exposed in existing frameworks and what is being done to address them? What safeguards are in place regarding the use of data sets from telecom service providers, such as anonymisation, aggregation, accountability and access rights for third parties processing the data, and retention limitation? How can digital contact tracing be optimised to inform and make real inroads into public health policy whilst preserving privacy, trust and social inclusion?



Recording of the IIC Webinar held on 29 July 2020.



Summary report of the Privacy & pandemic: The evolving privacy and data protection considerations for the telecoms, media and technology sector webinar

Bojana Bellamy President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

Bojana Bellamy is the President of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a preeminent global information policy think tank located in Washington, DC, London and Brussels. With more than 20 years of experience and deep knowledge of global data privacy and cybersecurity law, compliance and policy, she has a proven industry record in designing strategy, and building and managing data privacy compliance programs. Ms Bellamy was one of 20 privacy experts to participate in the transatlantic “Privacy Bridge Project” from 2014 – 2015 that sought to develop practical solutions to bridge the gap between European and US privacy regimes.

Currently, Ms Bellamy sits on the Datum Future Advisory Board, the Internet Commission Advisory Board and the OECD’s Privacy Guidelines Expert Group. She participates in many industry groups and is a regular speaker at international privacy and data security conferences. Ms Bellamy was also the recipient of the 2019 International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Vanguard Award, which recognizes privacy professionals for outstanding leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy and data protection.

Prior to joining CIPL, Ms Bellamy served for 12 years as the Global Director of Data Privacy at Accenture, and worked for eight years as Principal Consultant with Privacy Laws & Business.

Dr Richard Benjamins Chief AI & Data Strategist, Telefónica

Dr Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefónica. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is also cofounder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA). He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and before that worked for 10 years at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics. He is the founder of Telefónica’s Big Data for Social Good department, a member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC, and a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence events. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 100 scientific articles, and is author of the (Spanish) book “The myth of the algorithm: tales and truths of artificial intelligence”.

Gregory Smolynec Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Promotion Sector in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Gregory Smolynec is Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Promotion Sector in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The Promotion Program is future-looking and aims to inform Canadians of their rights and how to exercise them, and to bring organizations toward compliance with the law. As Deputy Commissioner Policy and Promotion, Gregory leads the OPC Policy and Promotion team in developing and promoting general, yet practical, information and guidance, and in developing advice on specific initiatives. Prior to his appointment, Gregory served as Director General Strategic Initiatives in the Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence Headquarter. As DGSI, he led the Strategic Outlook function for the Canadian Armed Forces. Strategic Outlook is an analytical, decision support process designed to identify and analyze the central military and technological challenges facing Canada and to inform strategic decision-making and advice to government. Gregory began his career with the Department of National Defence as a Strategic Analyst in Defence R&D Canada. He has worked in several organizations within the Department of National Defence as an analyst and has held a series of progressively responsible executive positions the Public Service.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University, a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from Carleton University and a Doctorate in History from Duke University.

Simon McDougall Deputy Commissioner, Regulatory Innovation and Technology, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), UK

Simon McDougall joined the ICO in October 2018 as a member of the Executive Team. Mr McDougall is responsible for leading the work of the Regulatory Innovation and Technology Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.

His work includes helping the ICO identify, understand and address emerging technologies with privacy implications, supporting the ICO’s innovation agenda, and making the ICO itself more ‘tech savvy’.

Prior to this appointment, Mr McDougall led a global privacy consulting practice at Promontory, an IBM company, leading projects across Europe, the US and Asia. He previously also led a similar team for Deloitte in the UK.

Mr McDougall is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and has read English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.


Paul Canessa Chief Executive Officer, Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA)

Paul Canessa was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) in October 2000.

Mr Canessa is responsible for regulating the electronic communications sector in Gibraltar, which includes the licensing of the radio spectrum, satellite communications and broadcasting.

Mr Canessa is also the Information Commissioner.

The GRA is governed by a Board made up of five members, Mr Canessa being the Chairman of the Board.

Mr Canessa’s background is in broadcasting, having been a television producer/journalist and then Head of News and Current Affairs with the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation.

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