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The New Surveillance: To What Extent Should Personal Privacy be Compromised for Public Security and Corporate Gain?

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Communications technology has allowed us to share more of our lives than ever before, but the rapidly accelerating growth in this technical capability has put a strain on our legal frameworks, and the trust in the relationship between individual and organisations.

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About the event

Recent high profile news stories show how our personal information is seen by more people than we'd realised. The public has a strongly negative reaction when their personal information is harvested for financial or political ends. However, the public also relies on services that monitor our day-to-day lives in order to secure our safety.

This half day event will look at the areas where new technology can cause us to re-assess the trade-off between right to privacy and right to safety. In particular we will consider the societal and technology challenges associated with data-abstraction, internet business models and public safety. All participants are reminded that this is a public forum therefore no confidential information will be shared at this event.

Speakers confirmed for this event:

The SIG is championed by: David Chater-Lea of Motorola Solutions and Nicholas Hill of Plextek Consulting, Guy Kenyon of Kenyon Consulting, Tim Phipps of Cambridge Consultants and Rob Quarton of Airwave. This event is kindly supported by the Anthony Waller of Olswang LLP / Legal SIG Champion.

We are extremely grateful to the IET for sponsoring lunch this event and to Olswang LLP for hosting.

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Registration over Lunch


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Security and Defence SIG from Tim Phipps of Cambridge Consultants


Welcome from Lunch Sponsor, Hugh Boyes, Cyber Security Lead of The IET


Welcome from supporter and host, Anthony Waller, Partner of Olswang LLP and Legal SIG Champion


When human resources plays big brother - rights and wrongs in employee surveillance; Catherine Taylor, Partner – Employment Group, Olswang LLP

From an HR perspectives, employers want to ensure that if the worst happens, and there is an insider breach, they have taken all the steps they can to prevent that breach. What steps can an employer take in terms of vetting and monitoring? What is the downside if the employer is overly intrusive?




We are following your every move – the risks and benefits of data usage in automotive telematics; Colin Smithers, CEO, Redtail Telematics

Automotive telematics is used by fleet managers to optimise fleet efficiency and driver behaviour.
Usage based insurance is using driver data to optimise risk assessment and further to control risk. This presentation discusses the tension between data and privacy that corporate and individual drivers are giving up to achieve gains in corporate efficiency and in safety, both of the driver and for the wider public.




Refreshment Break & Networking


Data protection, privacy and security – Can we have all three at the same time?; Simon Rice, Principal Policy Adviser (Technology), Information Commissoner's Office

The internet revolution has given rise to a huge number of innovative new services. Driven further by the data collection and processing capabilities of smart phones and other portable devices where does this leave data protection and privacy for the user? With such a large volume of data being collected and transmitted to third-parties how can we make sure this is done securely and in line with the choices of the user? And with one eye on the future, will the big promises from the “Internet of Things” and wearable devices help or hinder?




The Ethics of Surveillance; Chris Rampton, Capability Adviser - Surveillance, CAST

Chris will talk about the controls the UK has in place to regulate the police use of surveillance powers and some of the implications this has for surveillance technologies.




Open Forum with all speakers, chaired by Tim Phipps of Cambridge Consultants


Event Closes and Fill in Evaluation Forms


Chris Rampton - Head of Security Innovation & Demonstration Centre, Home Office

Simon Rice - Group Manager - Technology, Information Commissioner's Office

Colin Smithers - CEO, Redtail Telematics

Colin completed BSc and PhD studies in wireless communications at the University of Surrey, Guildford from 1977-85. During this time he was became involved in its nascent microsatellite organisation SSTL, building flight modules for the first two satellites and being its first groundstation manager. The second satellite was launched in 1983 was heard working as recently as 2012. His PhD studies in Ultra Linear Power Amplifiers were sponsored by Philips and resulted in a patent.

He joined PA Technology in 1985 working on the design of various communications projects such as CT2 digital cordless telephone, PMR handsets (viz police walkie-talkies), a microwave oven and a novel underwater communications system for training Olympic swimmers.

In 1989 Colin co-founded and is Chairman of Plextek, one of the largest independent electronics design consultancies in Europe. This has subsequently been demerged to create four additional operating companies: Telensa street light metering and management; PRFI – boutique microwave chip designers; Blighter surveillance Systems – electronic scanning radar as used by Gatwick for drone detection; and Redtail Telematics – Telematics Service Provider for Stolen Vehicle Recovery to TRACKER Network and LoJack/CalAmp, and provision of insuretech to Admiral, ingenie, Direct Line, Acorn and to automotive OEMs such as JLR and others.

Colin was a Non-Executive Director of Amino Technologies from 2002 until 2016, assisting its growth from a small PE company through flotation to its present successful position on AIM.

Colin is an amateur concert pianist and flies gliders in national level competitions.

Catherine Taylor - Senior Associate, CMS

SIG Champions

Phil Burr - Director, Business Transformation, Arm

Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Tim Phipps - Programme Manager, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. Tim works to develop communications on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular chipsets and software. His experience includes working as an engineer, programme manager, and product manager.

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Olswang, 90 High Holborn, London WC1V 6XX

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