How practicable is it to apply Data Protection to activities involving Freedom of Expression? 2


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Centre for Socio-Legal Studies


Rosemary Jay explores the current interaction between freedom of expression and Data Protection in UK law and puts forward proposals for its reform within the context of the revision of the European Data Protection framework. Rosemary Jay, Senior Attorney at Hunton and Williams and former Head of Legal at the UK Office of the Data Protection Registrar, argues that all whose public expressive activities impact on the right to privacy should both be subject to the same law and to a regulator such as the Information Commissioner's Office in the case of bloggers. At the same time Data Protection law must be amended in order to better reconcile the various values at stake. The talk was the keynote address of the OxPILS Conference 'The 'Right to be Forgotten' and Beyond' held on 12 June 2012. This Conference was the culmination of 'Mending the Tangled Web? Information Privacy 3.0', a series which was generously made possible with funding from a Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe. (The views expressed are those of the individual speakers only). For full details please see