The ‘Aston Talks’ online public lecture series, which is open to all, will showcase a selection of the impactful research happening across the University, as well as celebrating the achievements and careers of some of the University's professoriate. 

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Wednesday 16 June 2021

Aston Talks: 'The testing times' for data privacy in the aftermath of COVID

Vladlena Benson, Professor of Cybersecurity Management in the College of Business and Social Sciences. 

The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world and the digital ways in which we work and live are here to stay for the long run.

Organisations have digitised up to 25% faster during the multiple lockdowns, while businesses who were not born digital have been pushed into the virtual modus operandi almost overnight.

As we are witnessing the global digital transformation, personal data collection and processing have been scaled up to an unprecedented level. Think track and trace, vaccine passports and the trusted framework for digital identity sharing rolled out in record time. Less visible are the newly approved statutory instruments, called The Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, US Cloud Act, Amendment to Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act, not to mention China’s technology dominance. The data sovereignty initiative which aims to give data ownership back to individuals, looks as unreal as going to a pub in the lockdown. The work on personal privacy modelling and privacy enhancing technologies are seemingly overshadowed by the greater good.

During this talk, Professor Benson will explore the pivotal point where our society finds itself on the personal privacy debate in the post-COVID world.

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Other dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 6 July 2021 - Professor Lauren Devine

In case you missed it, catch up on previous lectures

Talks: 6:30pm Via Microsoft Teams Live

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