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Privacy and Public Policy

Panel event, open to the public: “How much importance should be given to privacy considerations when making public policy?”.

“How much importance should be given to Privacy considerations when making Public Policy?”

Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds. LS2 9JT. 18th June 2010, 5.00-6.50pm.
Open to the public. Followed by wine reception. Non-ticketed, no charge.


* Matthew Taylor (RSA, formerly IPPR and 10 Downing St Policy Unit)
* David Leigh (The Guardian – journalist who famously exposed Jonathan Aitken)
* Pauline Neville-Jones (formerly Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee)
* Onora O’Neill (2002 Reith Lecturer, 2001 Gifford Lecturer, on trust in public life)

Privacy is central to some of the most important issues facing our parliamentary democracy today. And yet the public response to these issues seems inconsistent. Attempts to defend the privacy interests of MPs over their expenses claims are met with suspicion. But there is also great resistance to sacrificing individuals’ privacy for the sake of security. We are hostile to journalistic intrusion, and yet place a high value placed on investigative journalism which arguably would be undermined by stringent privacy laws.

What is needed is greater public engagement with issues of privacy, and with the complexity of forming consistent, principled public policy. This public event seeks to address this need. To this end, we have engaged high-profile speakers with relevant expertise, for an event of speeches and panel questions.

This event is part of a conference on the ethics of Privacy and Confidentiality, hosted by the IDEA CETL, University of Leeds, 17-19 June, 2010.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Mind Association, the Society for Applied Philosophy and Temenos.


Conductor: Matthew Taylor | talks | www
David Leigh | talks | www
Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones | talks | www
Baroness Professor Onora O'Neill | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 June 2010 at 5:00 pm


2 hours



Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre
University of Leeds

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IDEA CETL, University of Leeds
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