Robert Bateman

Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums

Robert Bateman is an Analyst and Research Director for GRC World Forums and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).Robert is a respected voice on data protection, privacy, and security law. He built his profile creating in-depth reports on legislation, compliance guidance documents for organizations, and news articles about the latest sectoral developments worldwide.Robert’s passion for privacy and security began while studying for a postgraduate law degree. His dissertation, on the compatibility of the U.K.’s Data Protection Act with the European Convention on Human Rights, won the DMH Stallard Prize for best research project.Since then, Robert has worked with privacy and security-focused tech firms and startups, creating detailed guidance and policy documents to help organizations comply with their data protection and security compliance obligations.A passionate advocate for digital rights, Robert has also worked as a journalist reporting on the latest developments in digital privacy, tech policy, and state surveillance.Throughout his career, Robert has interviewed some of the sector’s most prominent figures such as privacy campaigners Max Schrems and Johnny Ryan, plus representatives from leading NGOs including Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and European Digital Rights (EDRi).


My Sessions
September 23, 2021 8:00 PM
Why Most CCPA Cases Will Fail: Five Hurdles Plaintiffs Must Clear (Sponsored by Exterro)

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a landmark U.S. privacy law with many laudable features. But the law’s private right of action is not among its strongest provisions. The CCPA’s private right of action only grants consumers who have suffered very specific data breaches a limited right to sue. However, this has not stopped law firms trying to force through legal challenges against businesses that have violated irrelevant parts of the CCPA.This panel will explore the debate around why these cases will fail and the hurdles that plaintifss must clear.

Speakers Include:

Host: Robert Bateman, Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums

Jake Bernstein, CISSP, Partner, K&L Gates LLP, Cybersecurity and Privacy

Lily Li, CIPP/US/E/M, GCFA, Founder/President of Metaverse Law Corporation

September 23, 2021 1:00 PM
Information Commissioners Office: Design Guidance for The Children's Code

This fireside chat between Robert Bateman and the ICO explores the work they're doing on UX design guidelines and good practice for ISS, looking for ideas on how to conform with the Age Appropriate Design Code. The design work should be complete by the end of August, so this exploration is well-timed at PrivSec Global in September.

Speakers Include:

Michael Murray, Head of Department: Regulatory Strategy Service Directorate, Information Commissioners Office

Georgina Bourke, Principal Technology Advisor - UX design, ICO

Rebecca Walsh, Design Director, BIg Motive

Robert Bateman, Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums

September 23, 2021 11:00 AM
Global Data Protection and Privacy Law Developments: POPIA; The First Three Months (Sponsored by Exterro)

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) came into enforcement from 1st July 2021.  This panel will discuss the first few months of enforcement from both a regulator and private sector persective - assessing any triggers, exploring the history of what regulators look for, and what the implications are for South Africa.  Leading experts will forecast whether the regulators will be strict or reasonable now the law has come into enforcement, and debate the challenges ahead.

Speakers Included:

Host: Robert Bateman, Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums

Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze (Professor), Part-Time Member, Information Regulator South Africa

Collen Weapond (Advocate), Full-Time Member, Information Regulator South Africa

September 22, 2021 2:00 PM
A Fireside Chat with Ioannis Kouvakas, Legal Officer, Privacy International

Ioannis oversees PI's legal coordination and leads our work against system exploitation, government hacking and corporate social media intelligence. He is also responsible for some of our litigation and interventions before UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the European Commission and data protection and competition authorities. This fireside chat will discuss PI's work to curb Clearview AI's facial recognition policies, as well as other works.

Host: Robert Bateman, Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums


September 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Relationship between Innovation and Equity: Facial Recognition

Facial recognition divides opinion as much as any other innovative technology. But, however disruptive, facial recognition technologies power a wave of innovative tools and business applications. This panel will explore the pluses and the minuses, and what the future holds for this technology and its relationship with human beings.

Speakers Include:

Host: Robert Bateman, Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums

Debbie Reynolds, "The Data Diva", Debbie Reynolds Consulting, LLC

Melinda L. McLellan, Partner, BakerHosteler

September 22, 2021 8:00 AM
Europe’s Gamble on AI Regulations and what this means for Business

The proposed AI Regulation is a vast and ambitious law that attempts to both facilitate the use of AI across Europe and protect Europeans from its more harmful effects.  This panel will explore what these new regulations will mean for business, and what effects Europe's gamble to regulate will have.

Speakers include:

Host: Robert Bateman, Analyst and Research Director, GRC World Forums

Cristiana Deca, Data protection specialist & founder, Decalex Digital

Sandy Tsakiridi, Group Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC

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