Stewart Room

Partner, DWF

Stewart Room is a Partner at DWF, and is also a past winner of the Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year award, co-founder of The Cyber Security Challenge UK and President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers.

My Sessions

A Growing Trend: Class Action Cases

Class actions are on the rise with high profile organisations Oracle and Salesforce hit with GDPR class action lawsuits over the use of third party cookies for ad tracking and targeting across several countries. With more EU citizens taking legal action, this could spread across the globe. This panel will explore this growing trend and predictions for 2021 and beyond.

  • Stewart Room, Partner, Global Head of Data Protection & Cyber Security
  • Simon Walsh, Special Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
A Step Too Far? Assessing the Impact of Data Surveillance on Employees (Sponsored by Manetu)

Employee surveillance and biometric data has seen a surge in use over the past few years including in the workplace. For example employers use this for Fingerprint scanners, iris scanners, and facial recognition are deployed to open doors, unlock elevators, and to decrypt computers and files on a regular basis by big corporations and public organisations.

Although this can be an efficient way for an organisation to keep track of their staff, this has serious implications if data is lost or misused. This panel will look at the ethics and privacy implications of the use of biometric data and best practice for employers using this data.

  • Stewart Room, Partner, Global Head of Data Protection & Cyber Security, DwF