Artificial Intelligence and the Right to be Forgotten

Date: July 5, 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Room 723, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU > Venue changed to room 323 (combined room), 3/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU

Dr. Benjamin Liu (Senior Lecturer, Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland)
Gehan Gunasekara (Associate Professor, Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland)

Artificial intelligence is poised to become the fourth industrial revolution, fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and learn. In the first part of this seminar, Dr. Benjamin Liu will offer a brief introduction to artificial intelligence, followed by a discussion on potential legal and policy issues associated with artificial intelligence.

In the second part, Associate Professor Gehan Gunasekara will examine the right to erasure (the so-called “right to be forgotten”) as it has taken shape in New Zealand both through common law and statutory developments. Focusing in particular on the Privacy Act 1993 (NZ) he will examine the connection between the need for erasure and related data privacy concerns, including the limits of correction, data quality and data retention limits. He will argue that this bundle of rights is founded on respect for context and ought to be viewed as a societal right and not only an individual one. Finally, the presentation will explore the special challenges arising from the digital sphere especially when information is linked or indexed online and hint at possible solutions.

About the speakers:
Dr. Benjamin Liu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Department of Commercial Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalian Maritime University, Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Auckland, and Doctor of Philosophy (Law) also from the University of Auckland. Before joining the University, Benjamin worked at international law firms and a leading European bank, specialising in financial derivatives and structured products. He is admitted to practise in New Zealand, England and Wales.

Associate Professor Gehan Gunasekara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland Business School, specialising in the areas of franchising law and privacy law. He has published many articles on both information privacy and franchising in New Zealand and overseas and is a regular commentator in national media. He was a member of the academic reference committee for the Review of Privacy by the New Zealand Law Commission completed in 2011, advising it on reform of the Privacy Act 1993. He is Deputy Chair of Privacy Foundation New Zealand Inc., a not for profit organisation that advocates for protection of the privacy rights of New Zealanders by providing independent, expert and fair public comment on privacy.

All are welcome!  

Powerpoint slides are available below:

Dr. Benjamin Liu’s presentation slides (topic: “Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy”)

Gehan Gunasekara’s presentation slides (topic: “The Right to erasure: Its application & limits in New Zealand”)