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Big Data Debate: Does privacy exist in a Big Data World?

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James Ball (Data Editor, the guardian ) – Moderator


Stephen Bonner (Head of IT security team, KPMG)

“Privacy still lives - or governments and advertising brokers wouldn't be working so hard to kill it.


Graham Cooke (Founder & CEO at Qubit, Previously at Google)

"Businesses need education on how to collect data responsibly, how to inform customers correctly and how to action it appropriately. The role of the legal team will be to enable, rather than disable, because operating without data driven insights will be like trying to a find hidden treasure without a map. This challenge will become further amplified as multi-platform customer journey’s become more connected through the digitisation of connections."


Luc Delany (Founder & CEO at Delany & Co, Previously at Facebook & Google)

"Privacy has the potential to be stronger now than in any other time in history thanks to big data. We need the legal and technical frameworks to help people manage what they share with whom and when, but the the potential is 100% empowerment of the individual to reveal themselves selectively."


Javier Ruiz (Campaigner, The Open Rights Group)

" Privacy is required for users to trust systems, but it's also a fundamental right. Big data requires an update to our privacy models, but we should not throw away existing frameworks for data protection. Instead we should build and expand these with wider participation."


Nick Pickles (Director, Big Brother Watch)

"Privacy doesn't just protect you from today's data uses, but also those we have yet to even imagine. Big data requires a fundamental rethink about how much data we collect and who controls what happens to it. The danger is that if we continue down the current path, the control rests with a few multinational companies - who are free to exploit all the value and exert a huge degree of influence on the decisions we make in our everyday lives."


Francis Aldhouse (Consultant at Bird & Bird, awarded a CBE in recognition for his work over the past 21 years - expert on data protection.)

"Privacy and Data Protection are fundamental rights in the European Union, but so are freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and the right to conduct a business. Nor should we forget the need for a wide-range of information to secure a flourishing democracy.  The difficult problem is deciding which right will prevail in any particular case – a matter best left to the judges."




6.30pm: Doors


7pm - 7.15pm: 5 companies x 2 minutes to pitch


7.15pm - 8.15pm: Panel Debate!


8.15pm - 9pm: Drinks, Networking and Fun provided by Bird & Bird, and KPMG


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  • Amit P.

    One of the better meetups, focus on the topic rather than a hidden sales agenda. Look forward to the next one.

    May 30, 2013

  • Jeanne


    May 30, 2013

  • Wolfie C.

    Our contribution to this debate: In the last two years we´ve been working on "Data Dealer", a critical online game about collecting, processing and selling personal data:

    "Data Dealer" is a serious/edu/impact game, an interactive exploration of the personal data ecosystem in the digital age. It´s nonprofit, published under Creative Commons and aims to raise awareness of digital privacy issues in a really new and fun way. Also on Facebook! ;)

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    really looking forward to tonight - if there are any copywriters in the room, look me up (grey sweater), I'm hosting a dinner for startups for fabulous Tablecrowd

    Other interested parties welcome as well, of course :)

    May 29, 2013

    • Sally H.

      Excited to meet you, Jack. Look forward to hearing you. Thoughts about it

      May 29, 2013

  • Anwar H

    Cannot make it today, unfortunately!

    May 29, 2013

    • Sally H.

      No worries! If you can't make it - hope you can come to the next one set for the 26th June!

      May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies I cant make this, so someone else can have my place, enjoy :)

    May 29, 2013

  • Sabine K M.

    Sorry. Made a mistake.

    May 20, 2013

  • Tarun

    Hi if any of you is interested in contracting part time or data analysis starting early June for 3 months, please drop me your résumé at [masked] ASAP. Phone interview this week!

    May 20, 2013

  • Jen M.

    Make sure you follow the Big Data Debate on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on their Meetups! @bigdatadebate and

    May 7, 2013

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