EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018.



Article 8 states:

Where the child is below the age of 16 years, such processing shall be lawful only if and to the extent that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child

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  • Dr Rachel O’Connell is one of the preeminent authorities on age verification and is the technical author of the PAS 1296 Age Checking code of practice, which will be published by the British Standards Institution in the coming weeks and will become an ISO standard within two years.

    Rachel was the fifth team member of the of the start-up social networking platform, Bebo, which was acquired by AOL for $850M. Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and also established and ran the first UK Internet Safety Centre (2000- 2006). Rachel’s PhD examined the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies.

  • Michal Haris, Senior Engineer, is an infrastructure architect who both understands data and knows the mechanics as well as the mathematics behind. He comes from the data analyst angle working with massive data sets and graphs, and he also has a solid understanding of statistics and machine learning. Michal uses Kafka, Spark, Samza, Flink, HBase, Cassandra, Redis, Solr, ElasticSearch and many other scalable tools to create pipelines that support both online/real-time and offline/analytical use cases.

  • David Clarke FBCS CITP, is a leading authority on security issues with experience across Finance, Telecoms and the Public Sector. A Fellow of the British Computer Society, the most senior professional grade, David had a distinguished career at British Telecom (BT) prior to joining forces with mesospheric to head up the security practice.

    At BT, David held a suite of senior security posts including Global Head of Security Product Enablement, Global Head of Security Service Delivery and Head of Global Security Infrastructure. His work included building secure operations capabilities, often from scratch, and developing a full Cyber incident response. Other projects included the development of CERT on a Financial Intranet which handled 3.5 Trillion dollars of trading per day, rollout of managed security services with a $400 million dollar global install base for which David headed up the architecture and oversaw implementation. A recognised thought leader in the InfoSec industry, David has over over 28,000 twitter followers and is the author of a forthcoming book on cyber.

  • Carol Tullo, LLB Barrister, Carol was, until July 2017, Director of Information Policy and Services, Controller and Queen's Printer, National Archives, Carol was responsible for providing leadership in information management and policy across government and the wider public sector to improve the way information is managed and exploited to deliver real benefit for those that use and access this valuable resource. As Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Queen’s Printer of Acts of Parliament, Queen’s Printer for Scotland, and Government Printer for Northern Ireland, she delivers a range of UK wide official documents.

    Carol’s area of expertise is Open data and access to public sector information, legal regulation of IP, Crown copyright and database rights, media and publishing, dissemination and information accessibility and standards both from private and public sectors rooted in information management and executive responsibility government information management, assurance and security.


    Specialism: Governance and integrity of data and information, its reuse and exploitation. Data enabled transformation, records and information management in government, copyright and licensing, data protection.

Building tech solutions that solve verified parental consent and age-checking challenges for businesses that serve children and young people
Building tech solutions that solve verified parental consent and age-checking challenges for businesses that serve children and young people