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Criminal Justice and Surveillance Technologies Seminar by Graham Smith: ‘The question of content versus communications data’

25 January 2017

Time: 7:15pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

The Criminal Justice Centre is hosting a Criminal Justice and Surveillance Technologies Seminar on ‘The question of content versus communications data’. The Seminar will be delivered by Graham Smith.

About the speaker

Graham Smith is a partner at Bird and Bird based in London. He is one of the UK’s leading cyberlaw experts, with a practice encompassing advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields.

He has particular experience in lawful access to communications, data retention and related privacy issues. He has advised industry clients on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) since its inception in 2000, as well as on other law enforcement powers. As an independent commentator he has been involved in the progress of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 since before its inception as a draft Bill. His submissions and evidence were quoted in A Question of Trust, in the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the draft Bill, in the Commons Science and Technology Report on the draft Bill, in the Bulk Powers Review and in House of Lords debates on the Bill.

He has written and spoken widely on the UK surveillance regime. His Cyberleagle blog is a respected source of analysis on this and other IT and internet law topics. Graham edits and co-authors the textbook Internet Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell), which first appeared in 1996 (5th edition in preparation).

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Information Law & Policy Centre. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology. He is rated by Chambers UK Directory as a Leading Individual for Information Technology and by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook as a Recommended Lawyer for TMT: Technology.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

This event is for QMUL students and staff only. Places are limited. To register for this event, please email Amber Marks:


For more information on this event, please email Amber Marks:

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