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Lessons learned from COVID-19: how should data usage during the pandemic shape the future?

Exploring the foundational premises for delivering ‘world-leading data protection standards’ that benefit people and achieve societal goals

Uses of data: research, justice and medical research
Date and time
2:00pm – 3:00pm, 14 October 2021 (BST)

On 10 September, the UK Government published its proposal for amending the current data protection regime (the UK GDPR). The aim is to create ‘a pro-growth and pro-innovation data regime whilst maintaining the UK’s world-leading data protection standards’.

At the Ada Lovelace Institute, our mission is to ensure that data and AI work for people and society. In order to explore whether the Government’s plans will enable these aims, we are organising a series of five events, each looking at different sections, questions, statements and framing in the Government’s consultation and asking what benefits and challenges are brought by the proposals.

Session 2: Lessons learned from COVID-19: how should data usage during the pandemic shape the future?

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The second event in our series focuses on lessons learned from COVID-19. Through the consultation, the Government suggests that existing regulations are a barrier to sharing data, and considers changes to rules around data processing in the public interest, during times of emergency, and by private companies on behalf of Government.

This event will examine evidence to interrogate the successes and failures of data sharing during the pandemic, whether the Government’s proposed reforms provide sufficient safeguards, and discuss questions including:

  • What lessons can we learn from the use of data during the pandemic?
  • What opportunities and potential challenges are brought by the new proposals?
  • What safeguards and limitations need to be put in place for processing data in the public interest and on emergency grounds?

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