Master Class on Data Protection and Privacy for Lawyers

The 6th Privacy Symposium, scheduled to take place in Harare, Zimbabwe from the 20th to 23rd of November, 2023, will serve as a crucial platform for legal practitioners to delve into the intricate landscape of data protection and privacy. In line with the overarching theme of “Bridging Policy, Technology, and Societal Dynamics,” this master class aims to empower lawyers with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the evolving legal, technological, and societal dimensions of data protection.

OBJECTIVES

Provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal frameworks governing data protection and privacy at both national and international levels.

Explore the intersection of technology and privacy laws, including the implications of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and biometrics.

Examine the role of lawyers in advocating for robust data protection policies and practices within their respective jurisdictions.

Foster discussions on the ethical considerations and challenges associated with data collection, processing, and sharing in the digital age.

Equip participants with practical tools and strategies for advising clients, drafting privacy policies, and handling data breaches effectively.

KEY TOPICS

Overview of Data Protection Laws and Regulations: An analysis of key legal instruments and frameworks governing data protection and privacy, with a focus on the Zimbabwean context and international standards.

Emerging Technologies and Privacy Implications: Exploring the impact of technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and biometrics on individual privacy rights and legal compliance.

Legal Challenges in Data Governance: Addressing the legal complexities surrounding data governance, including data ownership, consent mechanisms, and cross-border data transfers.

Data Protection in Practice: Practical insights and case studies on drafting privacy policies, conducting privacy impact assessments, and responding to data breaches in accordance with legal requirements.

Ethical Considerations and Professional Responsibilities: Examining the ethical obligations of lawyers in safeguarding client data, maintaining confidentiality, and upholding privacy principles in legal practice.

methodology

The master class will employ a combination of interactive presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and practical exercises to facilitate active engagement and knowledge exchange among participants. Experienced legal practitioners, policymakers, and industry experts will lead sessions, providing valuable insights and perspectives on the complexities of data protection and privacy law.

SPEAKERS

Details of speakers for this Master Class will be shared in the near future.

AUDIENCE

The master class is designed for legal professionals, including lawyers, legal advisors, corporate counsel, and law students, with an interest in data protection, privacy law, and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their expertise, expand their professional networks, and contribute to the advancement of privacy rights in Zimbabwe and beyond.