Francesca Blythe

Francesca Blythe advises international clients on a wide range of data protection and privacy issues and the implementation of data protection compliance projects. Her main areas of practice are data protection, privacy, e-commerce and information technology. Francesca was previously in-house counsel at the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe. Whilst there she regularly gave advice on compliance and strategies relating to data protection laws, including subject access requests, privacy impact assessments, direct marketing campaigns, biometrics and employee monitoring. She also assisted in the planning and delivery of a UK-wide privacy audit and managed a global privacy compliance project. Francesca is recognized in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, with clients describing her as ''impressive, experienced and incredibly personable.''
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Conducting clinical research—data protection implications
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This Practice Note explores the data protection implications of conducting clinical research. In particular, this Practice Note considers the responsibility for data protection compliance in the context of clinical research, the relevant legal grounds for processing personal data for research purposes, transparency requirements, collaborative research and data sharing as well as exceptions to data subject rights when processing personal data in the context of research. Finally, this Practice Note provides a checklist of practical data protection considerations to bear in mind when planning research activities.

mHealth—data protection considerations
Practice notes

This Practice Note focuses on the data protection considerations and implications of mobile health (mHealth). mHealth is a subset of eHealth (ie the use of information and communication technologies for health) and refers to the use of mobile applications to allow users to monitor, evaluate and improve their health using their mobile devices.

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  • Queen Mary College, London, LL.B., 1989

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