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Today sees another of our ‘inside track’ industry interviews. In it, Nina Barakzai, group head of data protection and privacy at BskyB Ltd provides an insight into the communications sector.
I have been heavily involved in communications and media since holding roles in BT, Reuters, Associated Newspapers, Oftel (now Ofcom) and ntl (now Virgin Media). I moved into financial services (Towers Perrin, now Towers Watson, and Hewitt, now Aon Hewitt), and then into technology (Dell) but maintained a focus on privacy, ethics and data governance. This was driven by my fascination of working in the virtual reality of employees, customers and suppliers interacting online in real time, globally.
I love the speed at which information flows and how it connects everyone globally. The thrill is in understanding where and how the information flows, how we can make it more robust and how, as legal professionals, we can help manage the risks around those flows so they inform and drive commercial activity without destroying the excitement of learning new things, creating new products and services.
This has become more absorbing as advances in technology have moved us from news getting onto the streets in hours to the availability of 24-hour real time instant news via the internet. Sources can be big media players, all the way through to user generated content, uploaded from personal devices anywhere. Add in the choice to share on social media platforms and you have the ability to connect, participate and create beyond imagination.
I have been lucky enough to work in both a finance and legal environment, mostly in large private organisations, but also gaining valuable insight into the intellectual
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