Is your personal data safe? Human Rights Committee takes evidence

16 July 2019

Most people do not know the companies that use their data, do not know whether this data is accurate, for what purposes it is used, or with whom it is being shared and the consequences of this processing. In previous evidence the Committee has heard that “the consent model is broken.”


In some cases organisations are not compliant with the requirements of the data protection rules putting their users’ right to privacy at risk from data breaches or inferences (made from the personal data collected) which the user did not intend the organisation to be aware of.

This could be a result of how the data is collected, stored, shared or processed. However, on the issue of processing the risks go beyond that, to include discrimination due to sex, race, political affiliation and much more.

The inquiry into privacy and digital is looking at the factors which affect the rights and protections granted to individuals and their personal data, exploring the various stages in the data cycle from consent to storage and the impact on an individual’s rights.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Human Rights Committee will look at data processing.

Issues for discussion are likely to include:

  • What does Google do with your personal data?
  • Are users’ rights respected?
  • How can we ensure that bias and discrimination are not perpetuated?
  • How is children’s data handled?
  • How does Experian ensure that the information it provides are free from bias or inaccuracy?
  • How can an individual challenge the information held about them?


Wednesday 17 July, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

From 3.15pm

  • Lana Kammourieh Donnelly, Public Policy Manager, Google
  • Dr Melanie Smallman, Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, UCL

From 4.15pm

  • Jonathan Westley, Chief Data Officer, Experian

Further information

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