The Scottish Public Law Group and the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Law are delighted to invite you to our Spring event on Thursday 5th March 2015 at the Court Senate Room, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Do we live in a surveillance society? In what ways is information gathered about us in our everyday lives? What checks and balances exist? What does privacy mean in the current climate? Does it matter what information is obtained and stored about us? If so, why?

If you are interested in any of these issues, come along and hear from our fantastic panel of speakers:

  • Professor William Webster, University of Stirling – Professor Webster is the Professor of Public Policy and Management Director of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy. He has research interests in governing in the information age, and is a recognised expert on CCTV surveillance cameras and Interactive Digital Television;
  • Joanna Cavan, Head of the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office – her office oversees Part I of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, including Scotland. She will speak about the role of the IOCCO office and how data is used by government and public authorities; and
  • Elizabeth Knight, Legal Director of Open Rights Group – the Open Rights Group works to uphold free expression and privacy, supporting a movement for freedom in the digital age. As Legal Director, Elizabeth Knight leads the Group’s legal work on challenging surveillance.

The event will be chaired by Susan O’Brien, QC. Ms O’Brien is a Senior Counsel at the Faculty of Advocates, and sits as a judge on the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

The event will take place on Thursday 5th March at the Court Senate Room, Collins Building, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow ( Registration is from 17:30. The talks will start at 17:45 and the evening will finish with a wine reception from 19:15 to 20:00.

The SPLG would like to thank the University of Strathclyde for its generous support of this event.

This event is free and will count towards 1.5 hours of CPD.  To register for this event click here:

We do not charge for attendance, but in return we ask that if you book a place and later find that you cannot attend, please let us know so that somebody on the waiting list is able to go instead.  If you have any access, communication or other needs please contact