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Looking Forward to 2010: Privacy, Human Rights and the Law

How important is privacy in our lives today, and does the ‘surveillance state’ pose a threat to it?

Current policy and practice concerning the national DNA database have thrown into sharp relief the relationship between the individual and the state. How important is privacy in our lives today, and does the ‘surveillance state’ pose a threat to it? Does the retention of our DNA profiles represent an invasion of our privacy, or even undermine the principle that we are innocent until proven guilty?

John Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law and Director of the Kent Law Clinic, University of Kent, assesses the recent contribution made by the law, and human rights law in particular, to these issues.

Chaired by: Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas; panellist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze


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Date and Time:

15 December 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road

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Institute of Ideas
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