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Wednesday 1 November 2006
1pm to 7pm Delegate registration in the hotel foyer
7pm to 9pm Opening reception at the British Museum, hosted by.
Welcome speech by of Thoroton QC

Thursday 2 November 2006
7.30 - 8.30 Delegate registration outside the Thames Room
8.30 - 9 Welcome coffee and pastries
Thames Room
9.15 - 9.25 Introduction and welcome

UK Information Commissioner

9.25 - 9.35 Ministerial welcome

Department for Constitutional Affairs

9.35 - 10 Liberty - the first casualty of surveillance

10 - 10.45 'The surveillance society' - key themes and findings of the specially commissioned report

Surveillance Studies Network
10.45 - 11.15 The future of surveillance
University of Surrey, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Group on Privacy and Surveillance

11.15 - 11.45 coffee

11.45 - 12.20 Surveillance - the threat to our rights

Director of Liberty

12.20 - 12.55 Learning from the past - living in a surveillance state

Director General of the Federal Office for the Records of the National Security Services of the former DDR

12.55 - 13.30 Can we learn from the past? The relationship between privacy and identity in totalitarian regimes

Lecturer in law and criminology

13.30 - 14.30 buffet lunch

14.30 - 15.05 Law enforcement - privacy and crime

Chair of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

15.05 - 15.40 The state - using information to provide benefits for citizens and improve services

Head of Prime Minister's Delivery Unit

15.40 - 16.15 Human rights in a surveillance society - what are the boundaries?

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

16.15 - 16.45 coffee

16.45 - 17.20 Knowing your customer - an advantage for business and individuals?
John Peace
Chairman of Experian

17.20 - 17.30 Close
19.00 - 19.40 Pre-dinner drinks in the foyer outside the Thames Room, hosted by Bird & Bird
19.45 - 22.00 Conference dinner in the Thames Room

Friday 3 November 2006
8 - 8.15 Delegate registration outside the Thames Room
9 - 9.45 Recap of first day and key issues to consider

Privacy Consultant, Victoria, Canada and Professor emeritus,
University of Western Ontario

9.45 - 11.10 Panel session 1 - How has the balance shifted and what are the boundaries for data protection and privacy?
Chaired by

11.10 - 11.40 coffee

11.40 - 13.05 Panel session 2 - What we can do to preserve privacy? What is the role of data protection authorities, regulators and others?
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13.05 - 13.15 Closing comments on debate

UK Information Commissioner

13.15 - 13.25 Presentation by Canada for the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

13.25 - 13.30 Close

UK Information Commissioner
13.30 - 14.30 buffet lunch

14.30 - 18.00 Commissioners' closed session
14.30 - 16.30 Privacy Implications of User-Centric Identity Management Systems organised by Microsoft, please see below for details

Other related events

Wednesday 1 November
9 - 17.30 Data Protection Law Roundtable on Russia, Greece and Portugal
Privacy Laws & Business's European Privacy Officers Network (EPON) is organising a Roundtable for Chief Privacy Officers to meet privacy regulators and experts from Russia, Greece and Portugal.

The expert from each country is being invited to speak on issues of greatest interest to multinational companies doing business there. There will be questions and answers on each country before moving to discuss the next country. This Roundtable is the fifteenth organised by EPON since 2001 and is being hosted by Deloitte in central London.

Click here for more information and to register for this EPON meeting.

14.00 - 17.30 The database state? Privacy workshop at University College London

The UK government is pushing ahead with an ambitious programme to re-engineer the processes of public administration, based on wide-spread sharing of personal data between previously isolated departments and agencies. This is being backed up by proposals for the weakening of data protection law and the building of massive national databases on both adults and children.

Is widespread data sharing a panacea for effective 21st century government? Is it legal within the European privacy framework? Or, as Tony Blair has claimed, are we living in entirely new world in which we should leave behind "outdated" notions of human rights?

This workshop will bring together lawyers, technologists, regulators and activists with a shared interest in the development of effective and privacy-friendly government. It will feature expert speakers on two major UK databases: the children's Information Sharing Index (which will hold details on every UK child) and the NHS Care Records Service (which will eventually hold all medical records electronically within the National Health Service). But most importantly, it will give all participants the chance to discuss their views on the privacy principles that should lie behind public administration in the information age.

Friday 3 November
14.30 - 16.30

Privacy Implications of User-Centric Identity Management Systems Plaza Suites 1 and 2, Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel
The ability of Internet users to manage identity relationships with diverse organisations is a prerequisite to further development of e-commerce and efficient delivery of government services online. However a rising tide of information security threats, from phishing and spoofing attacks on the user, to large scale breaches of centralised repositories of identity information, suggests that new approaches are needed which can empower the individual to take more control of how their personal information is used online.

For a number of years there has been growing interest in industry and research communities in the concept of "user-centric" identity management systems. The EU PRIME research project has been exploring how advanced cryptographic techniques can be holistically integrated to achieve practical and usable improvements in privacy protection. Liberty Alliance has developed a set of specifications for federated identity-based Web services. Microsoft has proposed architectural principles ("7 Laws of Identity") to support convergence towards an inter-operable, secure, and privacy-enhancing "Identity Metasystem".

What are the regulatory implications of user-centric models of identity and what is the impact of such architectures on privacy?

This panel will explore these issues with contributions from major industry players and independent experts, providing a technical perspective on some of the policy issues raised. The session will be open to all attending the 28th International Privacy Commissioner's conference.

Chair: (IIS Partners, and former Privacy Commissioner of Australia)

Please also see the 'Social events' page for details of evening events.

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