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PhD, MSc, LLM, LLB, PG Cert. Professional Legal Studies (Solicitor)
PG Dip. Higher Education Practice & Research, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
Dr Karen Mc Cullagh is a non-practising Solicitor, having qualified and practised Law in Northern Ireland before entering academia. Whilst undertaking postgraduate studies, Karen held a Lectureship at the University of Salford and was employed as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester and a Research Assistant at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Karen holds both a PhD and an MSc in Social Research Methods & Statistics from the University of Manchester. She also holds an LLM in Computers & Law, an LLB (Hons) in Law and PG Cert. in Professional Legal Studies (Solicitor) from Queen’s University, Belfast.
Karen’s research specialism is information rights: both the commercial and fundamental rights aspects of privacy and data protection and Freedom of Information, as an aspect of public law.
Karen won a UEA Students' Union Transforming Education Award (Advisor of the Year) in 2017-18, received a UEA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012-2013, and was recognised as a UEA Media Star 2017-18.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Karen’s research specialism is information rights: both the commercial and fundamental rights aspects of privacy and data protection and Freedom of Information, as an aspect of public law. Her research is multidisciplinary in nature; it explores the legal and policy implications of online behaviours and emerging technologies, with a particular focus on privacy and data protection in the context of the creative, digital, and sharing sectors of the UK's economy.
Her PhD (sponsored by the ESRC and UK Information Commissioners Office) examined the concept of ‘private’ data in light of social media communications.
Karen is a member of the Executive Committee of BILETA (British & Irish Law, Education & Technology Association). She is the IT editor for the European Journal of Current Legal Interests (EJoCLI) and a reviewer for a number of journals, including: Script-ed, the European Journal of Law & Technology (EJLT) and the International Review of Law Computers and Technology.
Karen is interested in supervising research students in all areas of privacy and data protection, freedom of information, and other legal aspects of information technology, such as the use of social media technologies to promote e-democracy and freedom of expression.
Completed Research Students
Warut Songsujaritkul, (PhD 2018/19), "Rethinking Media Plurality Regulation: Promoting Exposure Diversity and Controlling the Power of New Online Selection Intermediaries."
Laura Caulton, (PhD, 2020), “Communications offences and social media: Evidencing a hybrid approach to dealing with low-level criminal cyber speech from perpetration to conviction.”
Areas Of Expertise
DATA PROTECTION, PRIVACY, INFORMATION RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, SURVEILLANCE, e-DEMOCRACY, INTERNET LAW, MEDIA LAW
Karen is the module organiser for Internet Law & Governance and The Law of E-Commerce modules and teaches on the Protection of Privacy & Reputation module on the LLM Programmes: Media Law Policy & Practice and IP & IT Law. She also teaches on the Internet Law undergraduate module. Karen has in the past contributed to the 'Global Media and Communications Law' module as part of the University's International Summer School programmes, and taught on the UG Media Law and Constitutional & Administrative Law modules.
Karen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Karen won a UEA Students' Union Transforming Education Award in 2017-18, under the category: Advisor of the Year Award. Students who nominated her commented that she was “very helpful and informative in guiding students;” and had “been very helpful and supportive throughout my academic year. She made me feel welcome even though I am an International student. When I first enrolled in UEA, she taught me how to adapt to the different culture,” as well as “I do believe that my experience of University is better because of her and she can help me with anything.” Karen was also nominated for a Student Law Society award in the category: ‘Lecturer who makes me want to attend a 9am lecture!,’ in the academic year 2015-16. Karen received a UEA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012-2013. The award panel praised her ‘extremely innovative approach to teaching, in particular the powerful effect of using multiple media approaches for teaching, which allow her to bring a highly personal approach to large class teaching, and noted that her feedback materials were models of clarity.’ They also commended her ‘impressive commitment to pastoral support and praised her exceptional and inspirational teaching.’ She was previously nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Salford in 2008 and 2011.
Karen conducted a study on the use of ‘clicker quizzes’ to improve interaction and engagement in Lectures and as a formative assessment tool in 2011. She presented the findings of the clicker study at the 6th annual Education in a Changing Environment Conference where the paper was shortlisted for a prize. She also disseminated the findings of the action study in the journal: Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Karen conducted a pilot study on the use of films and documentaries to teach Internet law during the academic year 2016-17. She disseminated the findings of her study in three different ways: a poster at the University’s Learning & Teaching Conference in May 2017 and at the BILETA conference 2018, and article in the University’s Learning Highlights Magazine (Spring edition).
Course Director, LLM Media Law Policy & Practice (2016-)
Member of PG Teaching & Learning Committee (2016-)
Member of UG Teaching & Learning Committee (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15)
Member of Staff Student Liaison Committee (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Deputy Senior Adviser (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Personal Adviser (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Year One Co-ordinator (2012-13)
- Invited expert, to give oral evidence to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee, Scottish Parliament on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, 3rd October 2019.
- Invited expert, UKAN: Anonymisation & Privacy Expert Community Workshop, 29th June 2018.
Co-hosted with Dr Olivia Tambou (University Paris Dauphine) an E-Conference on National Adaptations to the GDPR on Blogdroiteuropéen (4th-20th June 2018)
- Invited expert, UKAN: The Anonymisation Decision-making Framework: User Community Workshop, 26th April 2018.
- Invited expert, ESRC and ICO Workshop 2: on Managing social science research under GDPR, London, 18th April 2018.
- Invited Speaker, National Association of Data Protection Officers (NADPO), London, 27th March 2018.
- Invited expert, ESRC and ICO Workshop 1: on Managing social science research under GDPR, Manchester, 14th March 2018.
- Invited workshop participant, My healthy future: adolescent health, PHG Foundation, Cambridge, 12th March 2018.
- Invited expert, UKAN, Legal Expert Group, 5th March 2018.
- Author of collaborative response (sponsored by BILETA) to response to Department of Media, Culture & Sports DCMS Call for views on the General Data Protection Regulation derogations, May 2017.
Invited Panellist, Data Protection After Brexit, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 10th Annual Conference, Brussels, 25-27 January 2017
Invited Speaker, Brexit: Data Protection Implications for the Digital Technology Sector, at CIPPM Annual Symposium, Bournemouth University, 3rd November 2016
Guest Editor of International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, (2015) Vol 29, Iss. 1, special edition containing papers presented at the 29th Annual BILETA Conference
Co-editor (with Dr Daithí Mac Síthigh) of Scripted Journal, Vol. 11, Iss. 3, (2014) special edition containing papers presented at the 29th Annual BILETA conference.
Host and Organiser of 29th Annual BILETA Conference (14-16th April 2014) Hosted at UEA, Norwich
Host and Co-Organiser (with Prof Lilian Edwards) of Gikii VII Conference (17-18th Sept 2012) Hosted at UEA London
Invited plenary speaker: “Stead - a reflection on the development of investigative journalism in the UK” (16-17th April 2012) WT Stead Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary, British Library Conference Centre, London
Lead author of collaborative response to EU Commission on Public Consultation on Cloud Computing. (2011) Funded by the Information Technology Think Tank, which is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and led by the SCRIPT/AHRC Centre for Research and Intellectual Property and Technology, University of Edinburgh
Data Protection (pp. 27-29) in 'UK Regulation after Brexit, published on the UK in a Changing Europe website, (28.02.21)
Blog Post: Brexit 'not done' for data protection, published on the DCU Brexit Blog (09.01.21)
- Blog Post: EU-UK Trade Deal: Implications for Personal Data Transfers, published on Blogdroiteuropeen (06.01.21)
Blog Post: Brexit and Data Protection: an Illusory Opportunity for Divergence? published on the DCU Brexit Institute blog (17.11.20)
- Adam Aiken (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh), Zooming in on privacy concerns: Video app Zoom is surging in popularity. In our rush to stay connected, we need to make security checks and not reveal more than we think, Index on Censorship, Vol 49, Iss. 2, 24-27 (17.06.20)
- Blog Post: Covid-19 a contagion risk for right to information laws? published on the Inforrm Blog (10.05.20); republishd on the Information Society Policy Blog (21.05.20)
- Diginomica/government (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh) Thought GDPR was a headache? Try data transfers after a no-deal Brexit ... (14.08.19)
- Digninomica (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh), Forget the Port of Dover, think Port 80 if a no-deal Brexit happens, (13.08.19)
- Blog Post: Brexit The draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Implications for Data Protection Blogdroiteuropeen, (21.11.18).
- Blog Post, Working Paper: National Adaptations of the GDPR- The UK Data Protection Act, Blogdroiteuropéen and reproduced by permission for InformationSocietyPolicy@UEA (20.06.18).
- Radio Interview, BBC Radio Ulster - news interview discussing the potential legal implications of media and social media reporting during the trial of high profile defendants (Ulster and Ireland Rugby players) (29.03.18).
- Radio Interview, BBC Radio Foyle - news interview discussing the potential legal implications (open justice, contempt, impact on jurors) of media and social media reporting during the trial of high profile defendants (Ulster and Ireland Rugby players) (29.03.18).
- The Law Society Gazette, (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh) Snooping could threaten post Brexit data law, (29.08.17).
BBC, Chris Baraniuk (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh) Brexit: UK seeks data transfer pact with the EU, (24.08.17).
- Blog Post, Brexit:No 'clean break' for data protection law, InternationalLaw@UEA:ViewfromtheBroads (25.07.17).
- Blog Post, Brexit: Implications for data protection in the UK, Blogdroiteuropéen, (or Brexit: Les conséquences sur la protection des données au Royaume-Uni), and reproduced with permission on InternationalLaw@UEA:ViewfromtheBroads (09.03.17).
- Blog Post, Brexit White Paper: Implications for Financial Services, Digital and 'Fintech' industries, Blogdroiteuropéen (or Brexit: les conséquences pour les services financiers, numériques et les ‘Fintech’) and reproduced with permission on InternationalLaw@UEA:ViewfromtheBroads (08.03.17).
- Radio Interview, BBC Radio Norfolk with Nick Conrad - news interview discussing the potential legal implications of impersonating businesses or individuals on social media, (02.02.16).
Norfolk & Norwich Law Society, 'Data Protection Update,' (30.10.14).
Radio Interview, BBC Radio Norfolk with Nicky Price - discussing the electoral register, the privacy and data protection implications of being on the register and how to opt-out from the open register, (15.08.14).
Radio Interview, BBC Radio Berkshire with Andrew Peach - discussing the implications of a data disclosure by South Central Ambulance Service, (02.06.14).
Radio Interview, BBC Oxford with Phil Gayle - discussing the implications of a data protection breach by an employer and how the law could be reformed, (02.06.14).
Radio Interview, BBC Radio Norfolk – explaining a warning issued by Norfolk & Norwich Constabulary about young men being blackmailed when sharing explicit images online, 22.03.14).
Radio interview, BBC Radio Norfolk ‘On Air’)- discussing the Emma Way case - the first UK case in which an individual was prosecuted as a result of a self-incriminating tweet, (20.11.13).
Radio Interview BBC Radio Norfolk - Leveson Report (29.11.12).
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Mc Cullagh, K., 10 May 2019.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Other
Mc Cullagh, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Research Handbook on Privacy and Data Protection Law: Values, Norms and Global Politics. Van Brakel, R., De Hert, P. & González Fuster, G. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Mc Cullagh, K., 27 Feb 2019, National Adaptations of the GDPR . Tambou, O., Mc Cullagh, K. & Bourton, S. (eds.). Luxembourg: Blogdroiteuropéen, p. 108-119 11 p. (Collection Open Access Book, Blogdroiteuropeen, Luxembourg ).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile47 Downloads (Pure)
McCullagh, K., Apr 2018, In: Computer Law & Security Review. 34, 2, p. 204-221
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)16 Downloads (Pure)
Deller, D., Harker, M., Hviid, M., Lam, W., Mc Cullagh, K., Ormosi, P., Peyer, S., Reader, D. & Waddams, C., 4 Jul 2018, 27 p. Centre for Competition Policy.
Research output: Other contributionOpen Access
Brexit: Data Protection Implications for the Digital Technology Sector, CIPPM Annual Symposium 2016, Bournemouth
Karen Mc Cullagh (Contributor)2016
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Invited talk