Location: Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Date: 13 Jul

Dr Jyn Schultze-Melling will present and explain Facebook’s report “A New Paradigm for Personal Data”. This is the final report from Facebook’s roundtable series about how to create a positive and sustainable future for personal data – for the benefit of individuals, organisations and societies. It reflects the thoughts of 175 experts across 21 roundtables in 11 cities. It concludes that a sustainable personal data environment is one in which users can feel confident, and in which the value exchange is fair, so that the benefits of data are maximised while the harms are minimised.

TJ will respond to the report, setting out a civil liberties perspective on the gathering and use of personal data and critically examining the assumptions underlying arguments for data sharing. His talk will focus on “Why Online Privacy is not Dead – Yet”

Dr Jyn Schultze-Melling Bio:
Jyn is Facebook’s Director for Privacy Policy, Europe at the Social Network’s Dublin headquarter, steering the company’s policy efforts in data protection and privacy all over Europe. Previously Jyn was the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) of the Allianz group, the German multinational financial services company headquartered in Munich, Germany, employing some 150,000 employees worldwide and with a core business and focus in insurance and financial services. Before joining Allianz, he headed the employee privacy division of Deutsche Bahn AG, a major multinational transportation and logistics group with nearly 300,000 employees worldwide. He studies law and received his PhD from the University of Freiburg. He also has a MSc in IT and telecommunications law from Strathclyde University of Glasgow.

Dr TJ McIntyre Bio
Dr TJ McIntyre is Lecturer in Law, University College Dublin where he specialises in issues involving information technology law and civil liberties. He holds a BCL from University College Dublin (First Class Honours), an LLM from University College London and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral thesis was on the topic of internet filtering law and governance. He qualified as a barrister in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin where he achieved the Antonia O’Callaghan Prize for Advocacy, and was later admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Ireland. He is a member of the New York Bar. He is chairman of the independent civil liberties group Digital Rights Ireland and regularly appears in the national and international media discussing issues of law and technology.

Digital Rights Ireland (www.digitalrights.ie) is an independent civil liberties NGO dedicated to defending Civil, Human and Legal rights in a digital age. It is working to protect the fundamental right to privacy through court action at national and European level and through public activism, and it has taken a case in the Irish and European courts to challenge laws which have, for more than decade, required mobile phone companies and ISPs to retain data relating to their subscribers’ location, calls, texts and emails for up to two years. The Court of Justice of the European Union struck down the European law providing for the retention of this data, and held that this type of mass surveillance of the entire population constituted a disproportionate invasion of privacy (see case C-293/12 Digital Rights Ireland v Minister for Communications (curia.europa.eu/juris/liste.jsf?num=C-293/12). The case has returned to the Irish courts, where DRI now seeks to have the equivalent national Irish laws struck down as well.

Register online at digital_privacy.eventbrite.ie

Organised by the Ethics & Privacy Working Group of the ADAPT Centre, in conjunction with the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD School of Law, TCD School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, TCD Library and DCU Institute of Ethics.