Whose Data is it Anyway?

On 15 December we held a free 75 minute webinar with Elizabeth Archer, Principal Policy Adviser from the Information Commissioner’s Office, to provide law firms with an overview of Data Protection and Data Security.

Key Content

  • The ICO’s accountability framework & tracker
  • Using Personal devices
  • Working from home
  • Password protection & encryption
  • Cyber essentials
  • New guidance on SARs
  • Secure websites
  • Outsourcing back office services overseas


We are pleased to share the Whose Data Is It Anyway webinar slides, FAQs and Useful Guidance with you.

Recorded Webinar

Please see the recording of the webinar below:


Elizabeth Archer, Principal Policy Adviser, Information Commissioner’s Office

Elizabeth Archer has worked in information rights at the ICO since 2006.  Initially, she specialised in transparency and freedom of information laws, investigating complaints from members of the public about accessing information held by public authorities.  Elizabeth was the policy lead on the ICO’s first report to Parliament about the need to modernise freedom of information laws in response to outsourcing and other ways of delivering public services.

Elizabeth’s work now focuses on data protection.  She is a Principal Policy Adviser at the ICO, responsible for leading on and developing strategy and policy products in specific areas.  Elizabeth works in the Assurance department which includes teams working on audits, guidance, codes of conduct and certification under the GDPR and the ‘Sandbox’.

Elizabeth was the policy lead responsible for the development of the ICO’s beta Accountability Framework which launched earlier this year.  This is a practical tool to help organisations consider their data protection compliance and how to demonstrate it.  Elizabeth will continue to develop the Framework following feedback and is exploring options for case studies about accountability.

Nick Hanning

Nick Hanning, Consultant, DG Legal

Nick has a wealth of legal practice, practice management and regulatory experience.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and served as CILEx President in 2012-13.  In practice, Nick specialises in work-related psychiatric injury cases particularly occupational stress claims and those involving bullying, harassment or discrimination. 

He has developed expertise in Data Protection Law. He is a Data Protection Officer and regularly advises DG Legal’s retainer clients and others about the GDPR and Data Protection Act issues.

Matthew Howgate

Matt Howgate, Consultant, DG Legal

Matt is a non-practising solicitor and was formerly Senior Legal Adviser and Head of Continuous Improvement at the Legal Services Commission.  He has considerable experience in regulatory issues and advising on complex issues of compliance and ethics.  He is also an expert in data protection, GDPR and on the civil legal aid scheme.

David Gilmore, Director, DG Legal

David founded DG Legal in 2000. He has provided advice and assistance to hundreds of law firms and other legal organisations.  He delivers specialist consultancy and training on a wide range of topics including business management & strategy, tendering, compliance and quality assurance. In 2016 David was appointed as a Commissioner advising Lord Bach on policy relating to Justice and Legal Aid.

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