Joe Tidy

Cyber Security Correspondent, BBC News

Joe Tidy is the BBC’s first dedicated Cyber-security Reporter working on investigations for international and home news outlets. He covers cyber crime, hacking, privacy, data security, online safety and gaming. 

My Sessions

Employment in PrivSec in the Covid-19 Era (Sponsored by Manetu)

The pandemic has caused severe job losses in many industries across the globe. This panel discussion will look at the current job market in data privacy and security.

Twelve months on from the pandemic, we look at whether the pandemic increased opportunities for privacy or security professionals or whether there are less opportunities.

  • Joe Tidy, Cyber Security Correspondent, BBC News
  • Neil Smith, Privacy and Data Management Consultant, Yorkshire Building Society
  • Eric Bedell, Chief Privacy Officer, Franklin Templeton
Are You Biased? How Fair is AI Use in Your HR Processes? (Sponsored by Manetu)

AI is a useful tool to help with HR Processes such as recruitment screenings of CVs, social media and personality tests, and processing performance data, automating parts of the onboarding process, agile learning and workplace data analysis. Nevertheless, there are some biases and privacy implications.

Researchers in Germany conducted a study sending three resumes with identical qualifications to recruiters with one German name, one Turkish and one Turkish name wearing a headscarf. They found that the German name was called back 19% of the time, the one with a Turkish name 14% and the candidate with a Turkish name who wore a headscarf, just 4% showing a clear bias in recruitment.

This panel will explore the biases within HR recruitment and processes and what companies can do to consider data protection law and equalities law when developing AI systems.

  • Joe Tidy, Cyber Security Correspondent, BBC News
  • Amy Lui Abel, PhD, Vice President, Human Capital, The Conference Board  
  • Megan Marie Butler, Senior Research Advisor; data, technology, and AI, CIPD
  • Dominic Holmes, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Taylor Vinters
US Privacy: The Year for Change?

The US privacy landscape is currently fragmented. With nearly half of the States planning to introduce new privacy bills in the first half of 2020 but having to postpone them due to Covid-19. These are likely to pick up once the vaccines are rolled out. The panel will look at the future of privacy for the US now the Democrats have gained power of the Whitehouse, whether this will be a game-changer for Privacy and it will be pushed higher up the agenda.

  • Joe Tidy, Cyber Security Correspondent, BBC News
  • James A. Trilling, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Partner, Privacy & Security, Perkins Coie LLP and recognised as‘ Woman Leader in Tech Law’
  • Jeff Gary, Policy Director, Institute for Technology Law & Policy, Georgetown Law
  • David Blaskowsky, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, HeliosData